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Drama (Vocational) BTEC Extended Certificate Level 3 at Mascalls Academy

Course description

A vocational modular course that covers many different styles and genres within a practical context.

The course is a two year rolling programme and you will be taught four units over that period.

The Extended Certificate is equivalent to one A Level in terms of UCAS points.


Course content

Compulsory Units

Unit 1- Investigating Practitioners’ Work

This is an externally assessed unit in which learners investigate the work of performing arts practitioners, develop critical analysis skills and contextual understanding of how practitioners communicate themes in their work.

For the assessment, learners will be provided with two named practitioners and a theme. Learners will select one practitioner and another of their own choice. They will investigate and critically analyse the contextual influences on their selected practitioners and performance work with a focus on how these relate to the theme identified in the set task.

Unit 2- Developing Skills and Techniques for Live Performance

Learners explore technical performance skills with a focus on developing and demonstrating skills and techniques in at least two performance styles within a selected discipline.

You will participate in regular workshops, classes and exercises where you will acquire, practise and develop the necessary technical, practical and interpretative performance skills to help you succeed when performing live to an audience.

You will consider the nature, skills and attributes of the performer’s role in your chosen discipline.

You will work with at least two existing performance works, analysing and interpreting the material in order to understand and apply the relevant skills and techniques appropriate to the style.

This unit is assessed internally.

Unit 3- Group Performance Workshop

Learners explore and integrate creative, physical and vocal skills and techniques, working collaboratively to create a performance in response to a given stimulus.

In this unit, you will learn how to respond to a given stimulus as part of a group, using research, discussion and practical exploration to develop performance material and later present an informal presentation of the work to an invited audience.

As a member of a team you will contribute to the creative development and rehearsal process, shaping and refining the work, applying performance and team working skills.

This unit is assessed externally. 

Optional Unit

You will also study a fourth unit, which will be taken from the list of optional units provided by the BTEC examination board, EdExcel.

Entry requirements

Whilst study at GCSE or BTEC Level 2 Drama is preferred, it is not essential. A love of performing and developing your knowledge of drama is key, however!

Well developed writing skills are also required for this demanding course.


This is a two year course and as such, no award is generally made after one year.

All four units must be completed over the two years for the award to be made. You will be awarded with a Distinction, a Merit or a Pass for each unit, which will give you a final grade overall.

The course is marked on a mixture of practical and written work.

Future opportunities

Drama is a popular subject for Higher Education and through its development of presentation skills, teamwork, creativity and subject specific knowledge, will enable you to pursue many career paths.  

Drama students have gone on to careers in journalism, teaching, acting, TV production, directing, playwriting and set design.

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: 12 September 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years