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Performing Arts BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate at Durham Sixth Form Centre

Course description

The performing arts are a major part of the creative and cultural industries in the UK and worldwide. Performing Arts offers diverse employment opportunities in drama, music, theatre, dance, film, puppetry, design—set, costumes, directing, stage management, make up or special effects as well as the many support functions which work alongside each other. This course would suit students who are interested in learning about the Performing Arts sector or who may be considering progressing to a wide range of higher education courses.

Performing Arts is a practical subject so the majority of lessons will be practical and based around developing skills in a teacher-led workshop. The written element of the course will cover research, analysis and evaluation. The learning will have a specific purpose and will culminate in performances to live audiences.

Course content

Units include:


  • Investigating practitioners’ work—externally set and marked
  • Developing skills and techniques for live performance—internally marked
  • Group performance workshop— externally set and marked


  • Interpreting classical text for performance, acting styles, improvisation, movement in performance, variety performance, musical theatre

Entry requirements

There are a range of courses and pathways available to you at Durham Sixth Form Centre depending on your GCSE results and academic profile. In order to enrol with us as a student, you must have the minimum of 5 A*-C GCSE grades (or equivalent). In addition, individual subjects have specific entry requirements, which will be discussed with you during the application and enrolment process. Students who do not achieve a grade C or above (or numerical equivalent) in GCSE English and/or mathematics will be required to continue studying these subjects at Durham Sixth Form Centre.

If you do not meet our entry requirements but are still keen to study at Durham Sixth Form Centre, please contact us to discuss your options.


This course offers a combination of assessmentstyles—practical and written, external and internal. Internal—students will generate evidence using skills and knowledge over a period of time working either individually or as part of a team. External—students will prepare the development, rehearsal, investigation and critical analysis of a task before the timed, controlled and supervised assessment period.

Grading is Pass (C), Merit (B), Distinction (A) and Distinction* (A*) – currently equivalent to same amount of UCAS points for HE entry

Future opportunities

This qualification enables students to go on to further study at diploma or degree level. The course also offers a wide range of employability skills including communication, cognitive and problem-solving skills, critical thinking, applying expert and creative solutions and interpersonal skills.

Further information

Performing Arts combines well with a large variety of subjects both vocational and academic so will support entry to higher education courses. Students could combine Performing Arts with Drama, Dance or Music to follow a Performing Arts route or with Business Studies, Media and other arts to follow a career in creative events. Performing Arts also combines well with English, Classics and Psychology due to the nature of texts studied and character analysis.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Durham Sixth Form Centre directly.

Last updated date: 13 January 2017
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    • Durham Sixth Form Centre is located in Durham City Centre next to Gala Square and Freeman’s Quay. We are a couple of minutes walk from both the bus station and the railway station. Our students enjoy having all of the city centre facilities, shops, restaurants, the city library, cinema and theatre on our doorstep. In the city itself, students find a host of lively cultural, social and educational advantages and facilities. The galleries, exhibitions, museums and book shops all play their part in enriching the student experience. A large public car-park is directly opposite and adjacent to Durham Sixth Form Centre’s main entrance.