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Production (Music, Acting or Dance Pathway) BTEC Level 2 Extended Certificate at Newcastle-under-Lyme College

Course description

This course aims to introduce you to a broad range of topics relevant to the performing arts business and is designed to prepare you for progression to further study at advanced level providing candidates with performance experiences and opportunities to develop skills and talents relevant to the industry. You will have the opportunity to work on a number of performances based around scripted plays, dance and singing. Also, you will be encouraged to release your creative flair, devising plays and theatre pieces of your own. You will develop your talents and progress from the course with the basics of being an all-round performer. The course consists of practical projects based around units such as acting skills and techniques, dance performance, solo music performance, devising performance, performing arts business where candidates will be assessed by coursework and performance projects. As part of your study programme here at the College alongside your chosen course you will complete a maths and/or English qualification if you have not already achieved a grade C or above. (This will be a GCSE for all students with a grade D).The study programme will also incorporate a range of work related experience activities to ensure that you have the breadth of skills required to progress to further/higher education, employment or an apprenticeship.

Entry requirements

Ideally you will need four GCSEs at grade D or above, you could have a BTEC Introductory Diploma in Performing Arts, preferably with an overall merit grade. Experience in acting is necessary along with some performance ability, typically in acting, dancing and/or musical theatre. Your level of ability will be assessed in an informal one to one audition with the course leader.


You are assessed throughout the course both formally and informally. Assessments take the form of both practical and theory, which is assessed and evaluated by the staff who teach you. The results are available for discussion and advice and you are given a record showing how best you might progress on the course. Your overall qualification is designated a Pass, Merit, Distinction, Distinction*.

Financial information

Newcastle Maintenance Allowance (NMA): Anyone with a household income under £21,000 can receive £20 per week financial support to help pay for travel and meals and meet the costs of essential trips, books, stationery and equipment. The payments will be subject to full attendance on your course. A range of other financial support is available, depending on your personal circumstances.

Future opportunities

Successful completion of BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Performing Arts qualifies you for application to Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in general or specialist subject areas, a merit grade being preferred for progression.

Further information

This course will provide you with the confidence and skills to take on to a level 3 programme or employment giving you performance opportunities throughout the year to help improve confidence and build a strong portfolio. Level 2 performing arts will also offer trips during the year to see local theatre productions and west end shoes. Workshops will also be delivered by outside artists to give candidates a diverse range of experiences and skills they can use in the industry.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Newcastle-under-Lyme College directly.

Last updated date: 25 August 2016
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