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Acting - BTEC level 3 Performing Arts (single & double) at Baxter College

Course description

BTEC level 3 Performing Arts is a suitable course for anyone who has a passion or interest within the performing arts field. 

The BTEC Performing Arts course gives students a good foundation through learning about different theatrical practitioners with "hands-on" direction in a variety of performances. This gives the students confidence in performance and ensures they become familiar with different theatrical genres and their associated demands.

Content Units of Study


BTEC NATIONAL SUBSIDIARY DIPLOMA- is equivalent to one GCE A level. 
It is a 60-credit and 360 guided-learning-hour (GLH) qualification that consists of mandatory units plus optional units. 


BTEC NATIONAL DIPLOMA- is equivalent to two GCE A levels. 
It is a 120-credit and 720 guided-learning-hour (GLH) qualification that consists of mandatory units plus optional units that provide for a combined total of 120 credits. For the double award there will be more units for pupils to complete in comparison to the single award. 

BTEC is a vocational course which consists of up to twelve practical and vocational based assignments. The course strives to give students a taste of what a career in the world of performing might entail and the various demands of such a career. Exploring Drama Techniques and Performers Discipline are a two of the main factors studied during the course. There are also opportunities to develop skills in the technical side of Theatre performance; students will gain knowledge in controlling stage lighting and sound equipment. 

All assessment is unit based and each unit is graded Pass, Merit or Distinction. To pass the course students must successfully complete every unit. There is no final exam however samples are moderated annually. As part of each assignment, evidence is produced to show the level the student is working at. Evidence can be presented in the form of an Actor`s Log, Research, Powerpoint Presentation or Video of Performances.


Examples of Higher Education courses this can lead to are as follows: 

  • B.A Theatre Studies 
  • B.A Performing Arts 
  • B.A Acting 
  • Various Drama school qualifications (dependant on establishment) 
  • Sound, Stage and lighting technology degree courses 

This course can also equip you to go straight into employment. 
This is a national qualification that is recognized by all Performance and Media based institutions and industries.

Work Placement

Work placement is not a requirement of the course however working within theatres outside of school is a really good way to engage in the professional side.

Entry requirements

It is preferable to have taken GCSE Drama or BTEC level 2 Performing Arts. An enjoyment and passion for performance is also important as the main focus of the lessons is practical performance skills and performing to live audiences.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Baxter College directly.

Last updated date: 24 March 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September