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Performing Arts BTEC Extended Certificate Acting and Dance level 2 at Leicester College

Course description

This course has a route for either actors or dancers. If you think you might have what it takes to be a performer, if you are willing to work hard and dedicate yourself to achieving this goal, then this course is the way to prove it. Your work will be based on realistic professional situations and practice. You can chose between an acting or dance route and develop the skills required through specialist classes and performance projects. You will have the opportunity to progress onto one of our level 3 courses in acting, dance or musical theatre after a successful completion of the level 2 programme. If you are aged 16-18, you will be enrolled on a study programme, which will include retaking GCSEs or undertaking Functional Skills in English and maths if you haven't already achieved a grade 4 or above. You will also be required to complete a work experience placement and an employability programme.

Course content

You will choose between an acting or dance pathway. Acting units include: performance projects, acting skills and techniques, performing scripted plays, voice and speech, devising, musical theatre, and personal and professional Development. Dance units include: performing dance, urban, contemporary dance, ballet, jazz, choreography, personal professional development and performance projects. Assessment is continuous which means you will be expected to take a mature and professional approach to managing your time, performance work, and written tasks. You will have the opportunity to visit and work at Sue Townsend Theatre, our professional venue in Leicester city centre. You will also have the opportunity to attend performances to enhance your learning.

Entry requirements

Standard entry to this course requires one reference. It is desirable that you can demonstrate 90% attendance. A GCSE in both English and maths at grade 3 (D) or above is required.Consideration will be given to all applicants over the age of 19, who do not hold formal English and maths qualifications. You will be invited to attend a welcome event whereby you will partake in an audition, this is to support your careers choice and ensure that we place you on the right programme for you. You will need to demonstrate some experience, commitment and enthusiasm for the subject. Consideration will be given to all applicants over the age of 19, who do not hold formal English and maths qualifications.


The majority of the level 2 course is internally assessed, however, there are two externally assessed units. Internal assessment takes place through practical and theoretical assignments. The various methods used include observation of rehearsal and performance work, work sheets, journals, diaries and projects.

Financial information

Material fee £40.00. Additional costs for the acting course include a kit requirement which consists of black joggers, black t shirt, and black indoor rehearsal shoes/jazz shoes. Approximate cost is £50. Additional costs for the dance course include a kit requirement which consists of black leotard, black tights, black jazz shoes, and joggers. Approximate cost is £75.

Future opportunities

The course provides a good grounding for progression to the level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in Performing Arts. You may apply for a level 3 course in acting, dance, or musical theatre. On completion of level 3 you may apply to our Leicester College foundation degree, university, a drama school, or you could seek employment in the creative industry.

Further information

Apply online via UCAS Progress or the College website. You will need details of your qualifications, a reference, and a personal statement to complete your application. Once your application has been successfully processed, you will be sent a conditional offer and be invited to a Welcome Event at the College to meet your tutors, learn more about your chosen course of study and tour the facilities. You will then need to confirm your acceptance of the course offered to you. For more information contact our Customer Service Centre on 0116 2242240 or visit

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: 29 September 2017
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