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Performing Arts BTEC Level 3 National Diploma at St Vincent College

Course description

If you have an interest in the Performing Arts and wish to become a professional performer or work in the Performance Industry then this multi-disciplinary course is for you. This is a highly practical course in which you will study a variety of theatrical disciplines including acting, dance, musical theatre, devising shows, physical theatre and even circus skills. You may already have a qualification in Drama, Music or Dance at GCSE level or the equivalent but this is not a requirement of the course. Whatever skills and experience you bring with you will be developed and improved through practical workshops and public performances. The course suits dedicated and enthusiastic students with a genuine passion for performing.

Course content

During the first year you will be working toward a BTEC Level 3 National Certificate in Performing Arts which has two core assessed units:

Unit 1: Investigating Practitioners’ Work
In this core unit you will investigate the work of influential performing arts practitioners developing your analysis skills and contextual understanding of how they communicate themes in their work.

Unit 2: Developing Skills and Techniques for Live Performance
In this unit you will participate in workshops, classes and exercises where you will acquire, practise and develop your practical and interpretative skills to help you succeed when performing live to an audience. You will be assessed by demonstrating what you have learnt in at least two performance styles within a selected discipline. You will also study one other optional unit from a selection which those students progressing onto the second year of the course can be put toward their final grade. As well as the core units you will take part in regular classes where you will develop your core technique, applying your skills in acting, singing and dancing analysing and evaluating your progress and find your own area of specialism within the performing arts. You will need to work consistently throughout the course in order to learn lines and choreography and the ability to work both independently and also be effective in a team is vital.

During the second year you will be working toward a BTEC Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Performing Arts which has two core assessed units plus two optional units (one of which is studied in your first year):

Unit 3: Group Performance Workshop
In this unit, you will learn how to respond to a given stimulus as part of a group, using research, discussion and practical exploration to develop performance material and then present your work to an invited audience. The work may be in a single discipline or combine elements of dance, acting, musical theatre and variety.

Unit 4: Performing Arts in the Community
Performing arts in the community gives you challenging and exciting ways to apply your specialist performance skills. You will perform in a range of venues for example schools, community centres, care homes, theatres and in the street; allowing you to educate and inform as well as entertain groups from different communities. You will also study an additional optional unit that, together with your first year optional unit, will complete your qualification. These units provide you with the opportunity to further your own particular area of interest and focus on your personal strengths within the performing arts.

Entry requirements

Five GCSEs at grade A* – C
You will also participate in an audition process.


Internal assessment throughout duration of the course

Future opportunities

• Higher Education for degree courses in Performing Arts
• Specialist vocational courses

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Vincent College directly.

Last updated date: 21 September 2016

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