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BTEC Performing Arts at Portslade Aldridge Community Academy

Course description

On this course you will study a stimulating and involving programme, which complements a wide number of other subjects on the curriculum. You will research the cultural and historical background of the performing arts, as well as exploring vocational opportunities. 

What skills will I gain from studying A Level Performing Arts?

Skills in performance are enhanced and developed through a number of practical projects, ensemble and individual activities. There are also opportunities to explore the various technical and backstage aspects of performing arts. The course will help you develop your performance and textual analysis skills.


Course content

Topics covered will be drawn from the following areas: principals of acting, developing voice for the actor, devising, contemporary theatre, rehearsal, theatre in education, drama improvisation, storytelling, commedia dell arte, Shakespeare.

Entry requirements

You will need to meet the standard academy entry requirements for level 3 courses.  GCSE Performing Arts is desirable but not essential.


You will be assessed primarily through observation and presentation of practical performance projects supported by written coursework, group critique and individual tutorial. Students are encouraged to assess themselves enthusiastically and honestly, and to critique their practical projects positively.

Future opportunities

This course provides excellent training for progression into higher education, or to work in the performing arts and entertainments industries. Well-trained professionals are needed to work in a range of fields, planning, managing and participating in theatre, dance and music events both nationally and internationally.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Portslade Aldridge Community Academy directly.

Last updated date: 24 November 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September