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Performing Arts - BTEC Extended Diploma in Performing Arts (Level 3) at Hopwood Hall College

Course description

The department has recently benefited from major investment and has already made significant impact within the college as well as within the wider local community. The course is project based, which means that you will have the opportunity to be involved in the rehearsal and production of a number of works, Most of which will be performed to a variety of public audience. All level groups are encouraged to consider employability at all stages of their programme.
Whilst the acting pathways will be predominantly practical, students are encouraged to carry out related research tasks, as well as carrying out individual selfreflection via logbooks, blogs and video diaries.
This course is predominantly practical but you will be expected to present evidence of your coursework that may be in the form of a log book, video or sound recording, presentation as well as independent research tasks.
Learners on this course can take part in a huge variety of productions that the department produces throughout the year. In addition, other opportunities could include trips to the theatre, training for auditions, workshops with industry professionals and participating in competitions.


Course content

Topics covered on these courses include a mix of mandatory and optional units and will vary depending on the level of study:
• Preparation, performance and production
• Acting skills
• Performance in context
• Movement skills
• Devising performance work
• Performing scripted plays
• Improvisation
• Physical theatre
• Storytelling
• Theatre directing

Entry requirements

4 GCSEs grade C or above to include English and Mathematics OR BTEC Level 2 qualification OR NVQ Level 2 OR VRQ Level 2.

Financial information

No cost for 16-19 year olds.

Future opportunities

Upon completing this course, the next steps are to progress to Higher Education, HND in Performing Arts, Drama School, or employment.

For further information on where this course can lead, speaking to a tutor can help identify the right pathways and destinations for your future. They can also refer you to the most relevant people for more targeted support and information should it be needed.

Further information

For more information please visit, pick up a prospectus from the Rochdale or Middleton Campus or call us on 0161 6437560.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Hopwood Hall College directly.

Last updated date: 22 October 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years
  • Course code: APAL3PAFM1


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