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Production Arts BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate at Lytchett Minster School

Course description

This year Lytchett is offering an exciting range of courses across the Performing Arts spectrum. Students will be able to specialise in different performance/production areas or link qualifications together to follow a more holistic route. The BTEC Production Arts course is an exciting vocational course. Students will explore the business of The Production Arts in a practical way specialising in Technical Theatre and Stage Management. Students will form a theatre company which will become the basis for all assessment. As a company, students will work alongside each other to create lighting and sound for productions and explore all aspects of the production team.

We advise that students combine subjects to develop their skills, improve their employability and offer more progression routes to Higher Education. Students will be able to take A Level Drama, BTEC Extended Certificate in Performing Arts and Acting, BTEC Extended Certificate in Performing Arts (Dance) and BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in Production Arts

Course content

During the two-year course, students will develop their existing skills in production arts. They will produce performances and analyse live performance through regular theatre trips. The work is generally practical with students exploring new ideas through the artistic direction of their teachers.

Topics Covered These are a few of the topics covered:

  • Lighting
  • Sound
  • Stage design
  • Costume design
  • Stage management
  • Events management
  • Theatre maintenance/installation

Entry requirements

Students need to obtain 5 GCSEs at grades A*- C (including GCSE English Language at grade 4). Students who have not taken a Drama option need to discuss the course with Mrs Ames prior to application. All students need to have demonstrated a commitment to attending rehearsals and working productively with others.

In addition, students need to have performed well in their GCSEs relative to their targets. Admission to the course is subject to a successful discussion with the Performing Arts teachers.


Each student will complete six units which make up the BTEC Subsidiary Diploma. Each unit is broken down into several different practical tasks. Students will complete each task, making sure they have clear notes and have fulfilled the assessment criteria. The modules are internally assessed and then verified by an external verifier from EDEXCEL. Although the work and assessment are clearly practically based, students are expected to keep log books of each production. Students must be clearly focussed and dedicated in their note-taking and organisation.

Future opportunities

This course provides an excellent foundation for careers in the production arts or as a foundation for relevant Higher Education courses. The course is the equivalent of one A Level and carries the same weighting and UCAS points. Past students have gone on to various careers in the production arts including working in various theatres, the West End, Glastonbury Festival and university courses at a number of different universities.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 22 February 2017
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