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Performing Arts BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate at St Benedict's Catholic High School

Course description

The Edexcel BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in PA is a 360 guided learning hour (GLH) qualification that consists of four units.  Three of the units are mandatory and one is student’s individual choice. It offers an engaging programme for those who are clear about Performing Arts being part of their future career.  The four units are split across two years of study:

Year 1

Unit 1 – Investigating Practitioners’ work (External Assessment)

Unit 2 – Developing skills and techniques for a Live Performance (Internal Assessment)

Year 2

Unit 3 – Group Performance Workshop (External Assessment)

Unit 4 – Optional – performance strengths e.g. dance, music, acting (Internal Assessment)

Entry requirements

We want students who: Aspire to work in an industry where creative, imaginative and independent skills are essential. Students should prefer creative project style work and investigating real situations.  Students need to be able to work as part of a group and communicate their ideas through performances.


Students will produce a portfolio of evidence for each unit that will be internally assessed.  The two externally assessed units will be performed live in front of a moderator.

Future opportunities

A qualification in Performing Arts can allow students to go on to study Performing Arts, Dance, Music or Drama at university.  It could also be the first step to a career in the Performing Arts industry either as a performer or on the production side of the industry.  Most employment industries now seek employees who are creative, imaginative and inventive and these transferable skills are developed in this subject.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Benedict's Catholic High School directly.

Last updated date: 17 March 2017

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