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Performing Arts Acting - BTEC National Extended Certificate Level 3 at Herne Bay High School

Course description


The BTEC Extended Certificate in Performing Arts aims to provide students with key knowledge and understanding of Dance and Acting in the Performing Arts industry. It develops career opportunities as well as access to further or higher education courses. The course focuses mainly on performance skills and practical work. All students will investigate and experience the skills required to present and perform in productions. Close links with the professional theatre and dancers are an integral part of the course.

This course could lead into the more extended version of BTEC PA (Extended Diploma) and will suit students who wish to follow a pathway of Performing Arts into Higher and Further Education.

Pathways can be followed in Dance or Acting or a combination of both.

Entry requirements

Normally 5 GCSE grades in the range of 9-4/A*- C, including Drama or Expressive Arts. Maths, English (Minimum Grade 4/C) . Students are encouraged to take part in the School productions.




1.Investigating Practitioners work

Students are required to research 2 practitioners and a theme, they will investigate and critically analyse the contextual influences on their selected practitioners and performance work with a focus on how these related to the identified theme.

Task - Set and marked by Pearson.

Assessed EXTERNALLY in May/June 2019

2.Developing Skills and Techniques for live Performance

In this Unit learners will explore and perform dances, getting a taste of the real world of the working dancer, one where talent, technical ability, aesthetic sense, fitness and stamina combined.

Students will have to perform in at least two different dance styles demonstrating physical and interpretative skills.

Assignment – set and marked internally

3. Group Performance Workshop

Students are required to work in groups to respond to a brief and develop a performance for an intended audience. Students are required to submit a digital process log which is completed at FOUR different stages during the processes.

Task – Set and marked by Pearson

Optional Unit – Choose from:

Acting Styles Interpreting Classical text for performance

Contemporary Dance Technique Street Dance

Movement in Performance Variety Performance

Jazz Dance Storytelling

Improvisation Musical Theatre Techniques

Set and marked internally.

Financial information

There may be charges for trips or visits etc

Further information

To continue studies into Year 13 students will need to achieve the required threshold in the end of year assessments along with Head of Department approval.

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: 21 November 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years
  • Course code: Pearson - Acting


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    • Herne Bay High is a highly successful, innovative school that prides itself on its culture of high expectations and traditional values, particularly relating to respect, discipline and behaviour. We are passionate about supporting every child to achieve their full academic potential, whilst developing our students into responsible, mature and confident young people.

      The curriculum will be the principal means whereby students’ entitlement to a broad and relevant education can be fulfilled. Statutory requirements , including those relating to the National Curriculum, will be observed and implemented; the School will strive to provide all our students with a challenging and engaging educational experience tailored to their abilities and interests at KS3 and a personalised KS4 and sixth form experience. Our focus is to equip our students with the requisite skills and knowledge to flourish in our rapidly changing world.

      The School is not only an educational community of adults and young people but also an important part of the local community. The awareness of students to both of these features will be encouraged; the ethos of the School will be directed to this end.

      Herne Bay High will strive for excellence and high quality provision in all aspects of the curriculum, students learning, progress and development. Young people need to complete their period of schooling with high self-esteem, confidence, wider horizons and a range of appropriate qualifications, skills and personal attributes.

      Little of this can be achieved by students without hard work, the desire to learn, enjoyment, care for one another and creative, co-operative endeavour; this the School aims to achieve with all members of the School community.