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Performing Arts (Acting) BTEC Level 3 at Marriotts School

Course description

Mandatory units include:

  • Investigating practitioners work
  • Developing skills and techniques for live performance
  • Group performance workshop.

Optional units (one to choose from) include:

  • Acting styles
  • Improvisation
  • Movement in performance.

Entry requirements

Students should have Drama GCSE grade C or BTEC Level 2 grade of Distinction or Distinction*. We would prefer students to have any previous Drama history, for example an involvement with any outside theatre company or any experience in productions.


There will be continuous assessments throughout the course, which will all involve some aspect of performance to a live audience. You will be expected to produce a portfolio for each unit, which must include: research, diary entries, books read, character profiles, self and peer evaluations and critiques of any amateur or professional productions. There are two units that will be externally assessed by the BTEC exam board, who will provide the centre with set task booklets that must be completed under exam conditions.

Future opportunities

The BTEC is widely recognised across the majority of universities and although it is completely different to the A level this is solely because of it being heavily weighted towards performance rather than written work. The BTEC obviously gives a great stepping stone to those students who want to be an actor; however, it also assists you with other opportunities. These include careers behind the scenes such as backstage, lighting, and even directing. It is also a beneficial course to take for those students who want to go into Media and events co-ordination. As you are constantly working with people and analysing yourself, the course helps you to become a more confident and well-rounded person which is useful in any job.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Marriotts School directly.

Last updated date: 21 February 2017
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