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BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Performing Arts (Acting) at Benton Park School

Course description

This course is a highly challenging, theoretical and practical drama course that is perfectly suited to any student wishing to pursue a career in acting, stage design, directing or to also further expand their skills as a public speaker, presenter or communicator.

On this course you will study varying forms of Drama (Stanislavski/Brecht/Berkoff/Artaud) as well as learning more about key performance skills like devising, scripted drama and stage design.

The course is highly dependent on group interaction, independent rehearsal and creative thought. You will be assessed regularly on your ability to play characters and create unique drama whilst always maintaining an accurate log of your learning alongside your practical performances. High attendance to lessons is absolutely vital as all acting workshops, group rehearsals and recorded drama sessions will be essential to succeeding on the course for both you and your working group.

ALL students will be expected to perform on stage to a public audience at some point during the course as this a core assessment area. Work is regularly assessed both internally and externally over the 2 years.

Entry requirements

Access to the Sixth Form is based on prior academic achievement, behaviour and attendance records. Students must attain at least 5 A* - C grades including English and Maths. Some subjects may have specific criteria.


GCE Drama requires candidates to study a minimum of two complete performance texts plus three key extracts covering a range of periods and contexts. Candidates will also participate in a minimum of two performances, one devised and one text performance.

Candidates may follow performance or design options for both the devised and text performances. It is also recommended that live theatre review becomes part of the non-examined assessment so that it can inform candidates’ practical work. Candidates will study one of the complete performance texts at AS and the second performance text at A2 (however the A2 exam will also contain further questions on the text studied at AS). Of the three key extracts candidates study, two will be performed and chosen by the centre and one will be an unseen text within the A2 assessment.

60% Performance Coursework: Internally and externally assessed

40% Written Theoretical Examination: externally assessed

Future opportunities

Post 18-study in Drama/Acting/Directing. Accompanies a degree in Business/Law/Psychology/Sociology/English very well.

Often well suited to students looking at careers with communication skills high on the work-life agenda (e.g. Lawyer, Police officer, etc.)

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 10 December 2015
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