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BTEC National Extended Certificate in Performing Arts Level 3 at Dartford Science & Technology College

Course description

The BTEC National Extended Certificate in Performing Arts is equivalent to 1 A level. You will complete 3 compulsory units. Learners will explore the knowledge and skills required for different career pathways in the Performing Arts Industry, through a range of vocational assessments to showcase performance skills.

Unit 1 –Investigating Practitioners work - Learners will explore professional work in theatre, TV and community in response to a set study and take part in a research, investigation and critical analysis.

Unit 2   -Developing skills and techniques for  a live performance Learners will explore different dance genres, musical theatre and acting techniques, developing skills through practical activities, in preparation for a live performance. This unit is internally assessed through coursework and performance work.

Unit 3 –Group Performance Workshop - Learners will take part in a variety of workshops activities and performance opportunities, completing a set task under controlled conditions and creating an evidence log as coursework.

Students will also study an additional optional unit, which will be internally assessed from;

Jazz dance technique, Street dance technique, Contemporary dance technique, Variety performance, Improvisation, Acting styles, Movement in performance.

Course content

The BTEC National Extended Certificate in Performing Arts is equivalent to 1 A level. You will complete 3 compulsory units. Learners will explore the knowledge and skills required for different career pathways in the Performing Arts Industry, through a range of vocational assessments to showcase performance skills.

Unit 1 –Investigating Practitioners work - Learners will explore professional work in theatre, TV and community in response to a set study and take part in a research, investigation and critical analysis.

Unit 2   -Developing skills and techniques for  a live performance Learners will explore different dance genres, musical theatre and acting techniques, developing skills through practical activities, in preparation for a live performance. This unit is internally assessed through coursework and performance work.

Unit 3 –Group Performance Workshop - Learners will take part in a variety of workshops activities and performance opportunities, completing a set task under controlled conditions and creating an evidence log as coursework.

Students will also study an additional optional unit, which will be internally assessed from;

Jazz dance technique, Street dance technique, Contemporary dance technique, Variety performance, Improvisation, Acting styles, Movement in performance.

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Entry requirements

A minimum of five 9-5 grades at GCSE or equivalent (BTEC subjects must be grade Merit or above). These should ideally include a relevant subject such as BTEC Level 2 Dance, Drama or GCSE Music, however this is not essential. You should also have a keen interest in the performing arts and participate regularly in performances.

Assessment

All BTEC courses from 2016 have both external and internally assessed elements.

The BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Performing Arts includes 3 mandatory units and an additional optional unit, to include coursework and performance work. Unit 1 and 3 are externally assessed. All other units are internally assessed.

Future opportunities

This qualification is excellent preparation for any students with a desire or interest in following a career in Performing Arts. It also carries UCAS points and is recognised by higher education providers as contributing to meeting admissions requirements for many courses if taken alongside other qualifications as part of a two year study programme.

Students who complete the BTEC Level 3 performing arts course will often pursue a career in theatre, performing arts or go on to study degrees in dance, drama, music, teaching secure Apprenticeships or employment in related areas.

Many skills learnt and developed through studying performing arts are also transferable skills into many other career paths.

See specification;

http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/btec-nationals/performing-arts-2016.html#tab-1

Further information

You are actively encouraged to become members of Theatre companies outside the college in order to improve your own skills in the performing arts. Most students also attend dance, music, singing classes alongside this course or even lead extra-curricular activities and clubs.

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: 02 November 2017

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years

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