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BTEC Performing Arts (Double Award) at The Maplesden Noakes School

Course description

Students will take part in regular singing, dancing and acting lessons in which they will be prepared for the performing arts industry by performing regularly to live audiences.

The coursework, assessment and exams consist of:

  •  Research projects
  •  Workshops
  •  Rehearsals
  •  Performances

Drama diary/log book/target setting/skills audits

BTEC - Equivalent to two A-Levels

Course content

Investigating Practitioners’ Work (Exam unit): Students will study two practitioners across the space of 6 weeks. The exam paper will give the students a theme and the students must link these two practitioners to the theme in an essay based format under controlled conditions.

Developing Skills and Techniques for Live Performance: Students will study two performance pieces; 1) a pantomime and 2) students can choose either a drama scripted play or a dance professional work. Students will put the dance/play together and perform to an audience. Students will keep regular diaries, setting short and long term targets.

Group Performance Workshop (exam unit): Students will be given a stimulus and have to work in groups of 5 – 7 to devise a performance based on a given stimulus (from the exam paper). Students will write about their journey of devising.

Performing Arts in the Community: Students will research into community performance and will find the gaps of Maidstone within the community performances. Students will the create a community. Students will keep regular diaries, setting short and long term targets.

Individual Performance Commission (exam unit): Students will be given a commission situation from an exam paper and will create a solo performance based on the given scenario.

Final Live Performance to an Audience: Students will perform a pantomime (linked with unit 2) to a live audience and keep regular diaries, setting short and long term targets.

Theatre Directing OR Musical Theatre (dependant on audition process of the annual production) Students will audition to take part in the annual production and continue with the performance as a unit if successful in auditions. Students that do not wish to take part in the annual production or are not successful in gaining a part, will direct a group of KS3 students in a musical and be assessed on their preparation and directing skills.

Variety Performance: Students will take part in a big finale year 13 performance in the local cabaret bar.

Singing Techniques for Performers: All students on this course will have weekly singing lessons. Students will take part in a large singing competition (south east Glee competition) and will be assessed along the way. (competition TBC)

Students have the opportunity to extend their learning by taking on LAMDA exams which can earn them extra UCAS points in acting , musical theatre and/or Public speaking. These will cost extra.

Entry requirements

BTEC PA Merit or Higher or A*-C in GCSE Drama/Dance and Audition 


Performance; Rehearsals; Workshops; Personal management; Log books/diaries/target setting/skills audits; Research projects

Financial information

  • Maplesden Performing Arts kit from £10 to £50 (sept 2017)
  • Annual production package (cast T-shirt, after show party, theatre trip etc) Approx £45 (Oct 2017)
  • A trip to see a professional pantomime in December 2017 to support units 2 and 4 £35 (Oct 2017)
  • Regular theatre trips varying in price (throughout the year)
  • New York trip in year 13 approx £1450 (payment scan be made from Sept 2018 to Jan 2019)

Travel costs for shows, competitions and trips (throughout the year

Future opportunities

The course will allow students to access higher education studying performing arts based subjects.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 07 November 2016
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Contact details

    • Contact name:
    • Miss J Mason
    • Contact telephone number:
    • 01622759036