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Performing Arts BTEC Extended Diploma at Shirley High School Performing Arts College

Course description

All students will study seven core units:

  • Investigating practitioners’ work
  • Developing skills and techniques for live performance
  • Performing Arts in the community
  • Group performance workshop
  • Individual performance commission
  • Final live performance to an audience
  • Employment opportunities in the Performing Arts

Students will study 12 modules encompassing the three disciplines. These will include:

  • Directing Theatre
  • Principles of Acting
  • Musical Theatre
  • Singing skills for Actors and Dancers
  • Jazz Dance
  • Urban Dance
  • Choreography

Entry requirements

Strong group skills are essential; diplomacy, enthusiasm, persistence, creativity and organisation are all qualities needed if the student is to be successful. Students should also have an interest and preferably experience in the Arts.

To be eligible for the BTEC level Three courses the applicant would have to achieved five GCSEs at a ‘4’.


Students will perform work using assignment tasks set by the exam board and will be assessed by class tutors and external examiners. They will also be researching projects and preparing presentations. They will keep a rehearsal log and notes from each class. Students will be graded a pass, merit or distinction for each unit.

Future opportunities

This diploma can lead to further study at either university or at a professional Drama, Dance and Music School. It offers a good grounding in preparation for a career in the Arts. An important aspect of the course is making students aware of the relevant opportunities that exist in the industry. Current and professional artists are invited in to work with students in all three disciplines. Links to the Performing Arts industries are strong and enable students to make the challenging step into ‘the business’.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Shirley High School Performing Arts College directly.

Last updated date: 21 November 2017
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