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BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Performing Arts (NQF) at The Creative & Media Studio School at Netherhall Learning Campus

Course description

“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.

Course content

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.

Mandatory units

  • 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)

Specialist units

  • Unit 19: Acting styles (Internally assessed/externally moderated)

  • Unit 21: Improvisation (Internally assessed/externally moderated)

Entry requirements

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.

Financial information

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.

Future opportunities

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.

Further information

Contact Studio School: tel 01484 382140, email:



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: 08 October 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

Contact details

    • Contact name:
    • The Creative & Media Studio School at Netherhall Learning Campus
    • Contact telephone number:
    • 01484382140
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      Studying at the Creative and Media Studio School is unlike studying at any other high school in the country. Our students are able to learn through a mix of recognised academic and vocational subjects in a unique environment, where businesses and students work side by side. Some will go on to achieve vocational qualifications and get a great job, some will find themselves going to university and some will have the skills to set up their own business.

      Studio Schools have been specially designed to make this happen; this is a school unlike any other in the country. We have businesses and pupils working side by side and our new purpose-built £4.5m building will be one of the best learning facilities in the country, let alone Kirklees.

      The Creative & Media Studio School will not be an easy option, and academic excellence will run throughout our curriculum offer. Year 10/11 students will still follow the national curriculum and will gain the same key qualifications as a traditional school.

      What makes us different is not what is offered but how it is delivered. We are taking learning out of a traditional classroom setting, and teaching the curriculum through real-life enterprise themed projects in the school and the surrounding community.

      The brand new state of the art purpose built facility has been designed with the purpose of linking vocational excellence, academic growth and business and enterprise development. As a condition of this the building will have an array of the latest innovations in technology and design, this will support the academic growth and business imaginations of the next generation.