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Performing Arts Level 3 BTEC Extended Certificate at Philip Morant School and College

Course description

The BTEC Level 3 Performing Arts programme allows you to explore, develop and refine your performance disciplines and the effective integration of these skills in performance, through a range of different styles and methods.

You can participate in a variety of units ranging from acting, dance and singing through to business. The skills developed in these units are then applied to live performances and showcases throughout the two years. The performing projects are designed to be a realistic experience of the performance profession and will prepare you for study at higher education level or a range of work opportunities in the industry.

It is suited to learners who are committed to going into the performing arts and who appreciate the need for both the practical and academic skills to survive the rigours of the performing arts industry.

Extensive practical work is undertaken and is combined with relevant theory and academic inquiry. You will need to analyse practical work in written evaluations and to write essays on texts, practitioners and dance works. There are a variety of modes of delivery including workshops, lectures, performances, tutorials, seminars and traditional classroom activities.

Complementary Subjects

Performing Arts can be combined with subjects including English, English Literature, Media Studies, Art and Dance to provide a strong basis for further work in the dramatic and performing arts.

Course content

Equivalent to 1 A Level

  • Investigating Practitioners’ Work
  • Developing Skills and Techniques for Live Performance
    • Group Performance Workshop
    • Performing Arts in the Community
    • Individual Performance

Examples of Optional Units

  • Classical Ballet
  • Tap Dance
  • Jazz Dance
  • Street Dance
  • Contemporary Dance
  • Healthy Dancer
  • Choreography for Live Performance
  • Screen Acting
  • Theatre Directing
  • Writing for Performance
  • Interpreting Classical Text for Performance
  • Acting Styles
  • Developing the Voice for Performance
  • Improvisation
  • Movement in Performance
  • Singing Techniques for Performers
  • Physical Theatre Techniques
  • Musical Theatre Techniques
  • Variety Performance
  • Storytelling
  • Audio Performance

Entry requirements

BTEC Level 2 in Performing Arts - Merit or above or Grade 5 or above in GCSE Drama/Dance or the ability to demonstrate extracurricular experience in drama/theatre work at interview.

Students choosing the subject should also be prepared to commit themselves fully to their studies - in particular to show a willingness to work outside of college hours (rehearsals, workshops, theatre trips etc).


Core and optional units are internally and externally assessed. The range of assessments – both practical and written - mean that you can showcase your learning and achievements to best effect when you take your next step, whether that’s supporting
applications to higher education courses or potential employers.

Future opportunities

In addition to the performing arts sector-specific content, this qualification provides learners with the opportunity to develop all-round performance skills and transferable skills such as self-confidence, selfpresentation, personal discipline, time management and organisational skills which are highly regarded by higher education and employers.

  • Communication skills – performing, communicating and presenting ideas to an audience
  • Collaborative skills – with a focus on self-management, teamwork and participation in group performance which develops collaborative skills and confidence building. It combines well with a large number of subjects at Level 3, whether academic or vocational.

Further information

Extra-Curricular Opportunities

The College has an outstanding reputation for producing creative performance work of the highest quality, and all students are expected to be involved in college and whole school productions in some way. Our brand new building opening in 2018 will provide outstanding facilities to work and develop both performance and performance support skills.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Philip Morant School and College directly.

Last updated date: 16 November 2017

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