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Performing Arts (Musical Theatre) BTEC Level 3 Certificate/Extended Certificate at Reigate College

Course description

This busy, exciting and versatile course focuses on developing skills as a performer covering all three aspects of Acting, Singing and Dancing. Students will develop a broad range of performance skills in these art forms. The College is fortunate to have three specialist performance areas: a studio, dance studio and a professional large-scale fitted theatre.

Applicants should be passionate and committed to the Arts and to working in a flexible way.

Recent productions have included Chicago, We will Rock you and Sweet Charity, and a final year showcase.  See the 2016 Musical Theatre programme. These performances give students an insight into working in the industry as well as practical hands-on experience. We also have close links with Drama Schools and professional practitioners who come in on a regular basis to work with students. 

Students benefit from regular trips to the theatre, with recent trips including Book of Mormon, Sweeney Todd and Gypsy.

Many of our students go on to study Performing Arts at universities, drama schools or work in the industry (e.g. Disney, cruises, touring theatre).

Course content

This Performing Arts course combines exploration of Music, Drama and Dance and the links between them. It is a practical, work-related course, requiring imagination, sensitivity and the ability to get on well with others. Students will learn by completing projects and assignments that are based on realistic workplace situations, activities and demands.

Entry requirements

Students will need 5 GCSEs at Grade C or above including Grade C in either GCSE English Language or English Literature as evidence that they can produce the necessary written coursework. We also require that one of the GCSEs is Drama at Grade C or above or a BTEC First at Merit or above in a related discipline. If students have not studied Drama or Performing Arts they will be required to attend an audition.

A typical Performing Arts student is lively, ambitious, hardworking and expressive. It is vital that they are willing to perform in public, work with others, solve problems, plan their own learning, and communicate effectively through speaking. Students should also be able to use information technology for research and for drafting and writing coursework.


The course allows students to develop skills in Performance, Acting, Music and Dance. Students will develop a broad range of performance skills in these areas that will be incorporated in a final production.

There is a coursework element, including actor's logbook, interviews, research and publicity, plus external practical and written assessment.

Towards the end of the course students will plan a possible route into employment either immediately or after further study.

The exam board for this BTEC is Pearson BTEC.

Future opportunities

BTEC qualifications are valued in Higher Education and by employers. Students could consider progression routes into the following areas: 

  • A Performing Arts degree
  • Drama School
  • A degree in Music Performance or Music Theatre or Media Performance
  • Performance Design and Management
  • Careers in Musical Theatre, Dance, Music entertainment, Singing and Performance
  • Performance support, arts administration, workshop leadership and support

Depending on a student's other Advanced Level courses, they could also consider working in Drama Therapy, Speech Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Teaching, Journalism, Advertising, Marketing or Travel and Tourism.

Further information

Performing Arts students have the opportunity to take part in a variety of course related experiences. In the last couple of years, these have included:

  • a Q&A session with West End Musical Director Francis Goodhand
  • London Olympia Perform Live - a specialist trade show for anyone looking for a future in Acting, Singing, Performing Arts, Stage Management and Technical Theatre
  • Regular workshops from GSA (Guildford School of Acting)
  • Sessions with PPA (Performance Preparation Academy) and KSA (Academy of Performing Arts)
  • Taking part in a variety of College Productions: Sweet Charity, Cabaret, Hairspray, Ghost and Sweeney Todd
  • Regular theatre visits to the Globe and London West End

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 25 July 2016
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