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Performance Arts BTEC Level 3 at Leeds East Academy

Course description

In the sixth form atLeeds East Academywe offer EDEXCEL BTEC Level 3 Certificate in Performance Arts .The level 3 Certificate is 30 credits and is broadly equivalent to one G.C.S.E. AS level. This course is suitable for those wishing to pursue a career in the Performance Arts, as a preparation for Drama school or University, or anyone wanting to extend their performance skills. The level 3 Certificate is also suitable for more mature learners. The work is practical. There are no written examinations, but we do study theory and complete some written assignments. A working Log Book is kept and forms part of the assessment process.

Course content

There is one compulsory Unit: Performing to an Audience: The Realisation of a live Performance to an audience. You then study 2 further units, for example; Theatre in Education, Devising plays or Classical Theatre Performance. Last year, students performed A Midsummer Nights Dream. They also performed to year 6 students in a local primary school.

There is also an Acting Pathway- Level 3 Performance Arts (Acting). Your mandatory unit would be Principles of Acting: in this unit you study a wide range of acting techniques, styles and use your skills to develop characterisation for performance. You then select 2 further units.

Entry requirements

Well, first and foremost you need a genuine interest in Performing. You need to be willing to work hard and rehearse (outside guided learning hours too). You need to be good at working as part of a team. Normally, we would expect some previous experience, but please contact us for a chat if you are unsure. A reasonable standard of literacy is required. You could also continue for a second year, (3 further units) to gain a level 3 Subsidiary Diploma, broadly equivalent to one G.C.S.E. A level.

There is also a Dance pathway, if that is where your interest lies. Please see separate information.


Tutor observation in rehearsals and workshops. Performances. Working actors log book. Research assignments and text analysis. Regular Theatre visits will be organised. On a course like this, where assessment is ongoing, good attendance is vital.

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Further information

For further information contact Ms S Fleming or Mrs A Ismay

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Leeds East Academy directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-52 weeks
  • Course code: 500 6920 2