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Performing Arts BTEC Level 3 at Ashington Community High School

Course description

Equivalent in size to one A Level, the National Extended Certificate is designed to offer a broad educational base for learners who are interested in learning about the performing arts sector.


Course content

There are three mandatory units:
- Unit 1 Investigating Practitioners’ Work
- Unit 2 Developing Skills and Techniques for Live Performance
- Unit 3 Group Performance Workshop

The other unit will be chosen from the following list and based on the skillset of the individuals within the group:
- Unit 8 Classical Ballet Technique
- Unit 9 Tap Dance Technique
- Unit 10 Jazz Dance Technique
- Unit 11 Street Dance Technique
- Unit 12 Contemporary Dance Technique
- Unit 18 Interpreting Classical Text for Performance
- Unit 19 Acting Styles
- Unit 20 Developing the Voice for Performance
- Unit 21 Improvisation
- Unit 22 Movement in Performance
- Unit 27 Music Theatre Techniques
- Unit 28 Variety Performance

Entry requirements

Students who choose to follow this course will typically have followed a GCSE or BTEC Level 2 pathway and achieved a minimum of C Grade or Merit in Drama and/or Music. However, students without A Level 2 qualification will still be considered based upon either an interview/audition or other relevant experience e.g. attending a performing arts school etc. / inclusion in performing arts extra-curricular activities such as Spamalot.


The styles of external assessment used for qualifications in Performing Arts are:
- set written tasks during a defined window which demonstrate your understanding through completion of a vocational task
- performance tasks prepared for over an extended window
- demonstrate skills that generate some non-written evidence.

For internal assessments you may be asked to:
- write up the findings of your own research
- use case studies to explore complex or unfamiliar situations
- carry out projects for which you have a choice over the direction and outcomes
- demonstrate practical and technical skills using appropriate techniques and processes.

Future opportunities

Having completed a Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Performing Arts students will be ideally placed to progress to Level 4 or 5 BTEC Higher Nationals in Performing Arts areas or Music. Students may also go on to study a degree in Drama, Creative Arts, Drama and Theatre Studies, Music or Dance. The following areas have been studied at university after attaining this certificate:

- Performing Arts
- Performance Art
- Creative Arts
- Drama and Theatre Studies
- Music
- Music Technology
- Dance
- Other related courses

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ashington Community High School directly.

Last updated date: 12 September 2017

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