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Performing Arts BTEC Level 1 Diploma at City of Westminster College

Course description

There are a variety of units you will study including:

Introduction to Performing Arts

In this unit you will find out about local and national performance venues. You will discover the types of shows that are performed and the variety of job roles than can be undertaken within these venues.

Taking Part in a Performance

Experience taking part in a performance as a performer, designer or in a technical role. The focus is on team work, working collaboratively on a performance.

Exploring Dance Skills

From urban dance styles used in pop videos to jazz dance styles often will develop dance skills in practical workshops and demonstrate them in a performance piece.

Starting to Develop Performance Skills

No performer can perform without developing and practising essential skills. Developing performance skills is integral to the study of performing arts.

Professional performers spend years developing and practicing their skills to reach the required high standard.

Exploring Acting Skills

Explore some of the skills an actor uses when preparing for and performing a dramatic role. You will participate in a variety of practical workshops that lead to a performance in front of an audience.

Exploring Musical Theatre Skills

You will explore the skills used by musical theatre performers, combining dancing, acting and singing skills in workshops, rehearsals and performance.

Entry requirements

  • Confidence and willingness to perform in front of others
  • Excellent attendance and time-keeping
  • Ability to listen to the ideas of others
  • Willingness to contribute ideas
  • Creativity and imagination (nothing is impossible in theatre)
  • The ability to have FUN!

To be a successful applicant to our programmes in Performing Arts you should have the following qualifications: ​

  • You will have an initial assessment of your literacy skills and will need to achieve a score of Entry Level 3 in order to gain access to the course. ​
  • Be aged between 16-18 ​
  • Have some achievement at GCSE grades E-G ​
  • Motivated in following a performing arts programme
  • Demonstrate a commitment to working towards goals with your tutor ​​

All courses are subject to a successful and positive reference from a previous tutor or employer. ​


You will be assessed continually through practical project work, coursework, written assignments and presentations. Practical assessment will include some public performances but also closed in-class presentation and workshop assessment. ​

Future opportunities

Progression to Level 2 courses in Performing Arts, Production Arts, Creative Media Production or possibly Visual Arts.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact City of Westminster College directly.

Last updated date: 29 February 2016
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