BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Performing Arts (NQF) at The Creative & Media Studio School at Netherhall Learning Campus
“All The world’s A Stage” and drama is the expression of civilisation. It is life, psychology, humanity. It fosters the skills of creativity, collaboration, integrity and vision. It involves standards of communication whilst supporting the intellectual and social development of the individual. It builds self confidence and self-esteem through the promotion of teamwork and through the refinement of technical skills and artistry. It supports progression of personal and vocational skills to realise potential within the individual.
This course will widen your understanding about the world of Performing Arts, whilst developing your performing skills in our purpose-built performance spaces. You will study a variety of Performing Arts disciplines and new skills which will lead to a series of practical productions in the drama studio and at external venues.
The world of Acting is fiercely competitive, so you will be supported in developing essential skills for a career within the acting profession: group work, communication, analysis, cultural awareness and confidence building. Depending on the pathway you choose to study, you will fundamentally look at Developing Plays, Theatre in Education, Developing Your Voice as an Actor, Applying Acting Styles as well as focusing on Auditions for Actors.
Unit 1: Investigating practitioners work (Externally Assessed)
Unit 2: Developing skills and techniques for live Performance (Internally assessed/externally moderated)
Unit 3: Group Performance Workshop (Externally set and assessed)
Unit 4: Performing Arts in the community (Internally assessed/externally moderated)
Unit 5: Individual Performance commission (Externally set and assessed)
Unit 6: Final Liver performance (Internally assessed/externally moderated)
Unit 19: Acting styles (Internally assessed/externally moderated)
Unit 21: Improvisation (Internally assessed/externally moderated)
Students applying for the Level 3 BTEC in Performing Arts should achieve at the very least a Level 4 in English Language, Maths and 3 other GCSE subjects. Students invited for interview will be asked to prepare a performance along with a written task set by the CMSS. This work will be assessed by the subject specialist as part of the interview process and will contribute to the decision of an offer being made
The skills you will need to be successful include:
- Self Discipline
- Independant working
- Good organisation
- Being able to monitor your own performance
- Have confidence to deliver work to an audience
Prepare to work with enthusiasm, enery and commitment
The qualification consists of a combination of practical and theory based assignments. These will be assessed through a mixture of Edexcel-set assignments/exams and internally assessed units. You will also take part in three productions each year including performances in the community which supports one of the mandatory units. The learning structure is a mixture of tutor led activities and independent research.
You can get financial support to help you with your chosen College courses if you’re aged 16-19 and fit certain criteria.
Vulnerable Student Bursary
This is a bursary worth up to £1200, depending on your circumstances and benefits. You must be:
- Under 19 at the start of the academic year you want a bursary for
- Studying at a School or College, or an unpaid training course
AND at least 1 of the following applies:
- You’re in, or recently have left, Local Authority case
- You get Income Support of Universal Credit in your name
- You’re disabled and get both Employment and Support Allowance (ESA), and either Disability Living Allowance (DLA) or Personal Independence Payment (PIP in your name.
If you’re a parent, you will also need to be living away from your own parents to qualify. You will get the full amount if you have expenses and study full-time on a course of at least 30 weeks.
All applications will be treated with complete confidence.
Discretionary Bursary Fund
The Creative and Media Studio School also has a Discretionary Bursary Fund. The criteria for this fund is set by us.
How can this help me?
This fund is for Students who are facing genuine financial barriers to participating in education. Its aim is to help with essentials and is not a cash payment, but a payment in kind for particular items needed. Typical ways this fund has been used by the Studio School includes
- Bus passes to and from College, where the distance travelled justifies this
- Specialist course equipment
- Costs incurred for placements and business engagement opportunities
- Transports and fees for course events/trips/university visits
- Transports and fees for enrichment events offered, or arranged, by the Studio School which could benefit the student’s progression routes
As a Studio School we have a duty to ensure all funds are awarded fairly to students most in need, therefore, all applications cannot be guaranteed. We ask that all students are:
- Are under 19 years at the start of the year the bursary is needed for
- Have at least 90 % attendance
- Are meeting expectations for good behaviour and progress
- Are in receipt of Free School Meals
Students who received Free School Meals do not automatically receive them at Post 16. Applications to the Local Authority must be made by the parents. We urge parents to make an application for FSM if this was the case at High School OR if your family circumstances have changed recently. To apply for FSM, please contact Kirklees Local Authority on 01484 221928, stating that your child is on roll at the Creative and Media Studio School at Netherhall Learning Campus and you would like to discuss FSM with the relevant department.
How to apply:
Application Forms to the Discretionary Bursary Fund can be collected from Angela Shufflebottom or the main NLC School Admin Office. Please fill in the form, ensuring you:
- Meet the above eligibility criteria
- Complete the application form answering all the questions in full – don’t forget to sign it
- Attach the evidence as indicated on the application form (original evidence is required which will be photocopied and returned to you)
Ask your child to hand in the application form, with evidence, to Angela Shufflebottom at the Studio School main office.
The course helps prepare you for a job in the Performing Arts industry. This includes work involving the theatre and music industry. Having a Performing Arts qualification also demonstrates to Universities and employers that you are creative, confident, well presented and a team player. This qualification will also assist those willing to study for a performing arts qualification at higher education or enter the performing arts industry in a performance or backstage role.
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.