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Performing Arts BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma at Lea Valley High School

Course description

The qualification gives students the knowledge, understanding and skills that underpin the study of performing arts, as well as providing the option pathways of acting, dancing and musical theatre. This provides students with prerequisite skills which will fully prepare them for further study or training.

Course content

Students have to study 13 units, 7 of which are mandatory, these are:

  • Investigating practitioners work
  • Developing skills and techniques for live performing
  • Group performance workshop
  • Performing arts in the community
  • Individual performance commission
  • Final live performance to an audience
  • Employment opportunities in the performing arts

The remaining six units dance, acting or musical theatre orientated depending upon the chosen pathway of the course. Examples of the additional units include theatre directing, screen acting, acting styles, improvisation, storytelling, stand‐up comedy, developing voice for performance and dance techniques such as tap, jazz and street.

Entry requirements

5 GCSE A* ‐ C including Maths at grade C or better and English Language at grade C or better


Units are assessed by a mixture of internal and external assessments.

These include students performing individually or as part of a group, applying taught skills within a performance, reflecting upon your own and others performances and interpretation of the content of a performance.

Future opportunities

BTEC Extended Diploma Performing Arts students can study higher level courses, including foundation degrees, undergraduate degrees and/or BTEC Higher Nationals in a wide range of subjects. Students can go on to study Dance or Drama at university but a high number of students also study English.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Lea Valley High School directly.

Last updated date: 28 September 2016
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