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BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate in Performing Arts (Acting) at St John Rigby College

Course description

Performing Arts is the perfect course to study if you want to develop skills as an actor and it may support further study in other areas of the arts and creative industries. Prospective actors will be able to develop a portfolio of performance skills in order to provide enhanced opportunities at auditions for drama schools and in applications for creative roles.This course cannot be combined with the BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Performing Arts (Dance)

Course content

On this course you will complete written research and develop practical acting skills. During the two years of the course, you will complete 3 mandatory units: Investigating Practitioners' Work, Developing Skills and Techniques for Live Performance and Group Performance Workshop. There will also be one further unit chosen by the department.

Entry requirements

College entry plus either:

+ GCSE Drama or a performing arts subject (minimum grade 4)

+Related experience in performing arts inside/outside of school

+By audition


The Extended Certificate in Acting is assessed through a range of written and practical assignments, including a written examination. 58% of the students' work is externally marked and the rest is internally assessed. Where there is practical work, you must be prepared to perform in front of a public audience as well as peers.

Future opportunities

The BTEC Extended Certificate in Performing Arts is valued by employers and universities alike. The course can be used as sound preparation for further study of performing arts at a drama school or university course. Recent leavers have gone on to study at Rose Bruford Drama School, Guildford School of Acting and various universities (including UCLan. Manchester Metropolitan University etc) to study performing arts or related areas such as stage make-up teaching and film production.

Other career pathways from studying performing arts related courses have been:

Teaching fashion, Journalism, PE, Sport Science, English,Law, Psychology, counselling with drama skills, stage make-up, Sociology and Social Media Marketing.

Students have gone on to study at Northern Ballet School, Lincoln, Edge Hill, Salford, Chester, London, School of Musical Theatre, UCLan, East 15 and Guildford.

* Please note this course cannot be combined with BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Peforming Arts (Dance)


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: 05 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years
  • Course code: XP-NC
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