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Performing Arts BTEC level 3 (Certificate, Extended Certificate or Diploma) at Rosedale College

Course description

This exciting, highly creative and practical course offers the students the opportunity to follow a programme of study which will build on any previous knowledge gained at Level 2 BTEC or GCSE, about the world of theatre and the many faceted entertainment business. The Performing Arts sector prides itself on innovation and sees continual change in terms of techniques and technical advancement and the units studied reflect this. The Performing Arts National Diploma will give students the opportunity to develop their knowledge and skills in Dance, Drama and Performance. The course offers an exciting mix of theory and performance opportunities. Students will participate in workshops with theatre professionals and visit the theatre. They become involved in projects such as: leading Drama/Dance Clubs, working with primary schools on 'Theatre in Education' projects, delivering assemblies, mentoring GIN students and performing in the shows. This qualification is equivalent to 2 A Levels. It is a vocational course and is considered 'training for work'. Students should consider this course if they are: creative, artistic and have some skill in the art forms. The course offers many opportunities to develop skills in stage management, costume/ makeup for the stage and set design/construction.

Course content

The core units studied are: Investigating Practitioners' work; Developing skills and techniques for live performance. In addition to this, the units below are a sample of some of the optional units you could study: Group performance workshop; Performing Arts in the community; Individual performance commission; final live performance to an audience

Entry requirements

Students should have achieved a minimum of 5 A*- C grades or the equivalent at GCSE, including a grade C in GCSE English and Mathematics.


The new BTEC Nationals in Performing Arts use a combination of assessment styles to give students confidence they can apply their knowledge to succeed in the workplace - and have the study skills to continue learning throughout their career. There are two different ways the course is assessed as of 2016: ASSIGNMENTS - this is where students complete a series of tasks set in a work-related scenario which is set and marked by The Rosedale Hewens Academy Trust. TASKS- students complete in controlled conditions, a task tackling an everyday challenge; some tasks also draw on pre-released information this is set and externally marked by Pearson.

Future opportunities

This course is suitable for anyone wishing to pursue a career in the Performing Arts sector as a performer or behind the scenes in stage management, front of house and technical support. Some of the jobs available are: Lighting or Sound Engineers, Directors, Floor managers, Crew, Agent/ Manager, TV/ Film Editor, TV/ Film Producer, TV/ Film Runner and Stunt Performers. It also prepares students for Youth Work and work in the field of Dance/ Drama education. The study of these subjects helps prepare students for: working in a team, independent learning, confidence building, public speaking, management and working with the public Performing Arts students have gone on to study at university subjects such as: Law, Journalism, Business, Photography, English Literature, History, Sociology, Psychology as well as The Arts. They have also followed careers in Hospitality, Travel and Tourism, Business and Management and Teaching.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Rosedale College directly.

Last updated date: 08 January 2018

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 to 2 Years