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BTEC Level 3 Performing Arts at Wadebridge School

Course description

Areas studied include: movement, mime, devising theatre, improvisation, directing and vocal skills. The course covers a minimum of 5 units, which all relate to performing arts and acting. Working as a theatre company your group will rehearse, perform and organise these productions. Throughout the two years of the course you will take responsibility for costume, makeup, props and marketing, advised and supported by our friendly staff.

Course content

BTEC Level 3 Certificate (AS equivalent)
In Year 12 you will study 3 units which all carry equal weighting of 10 credits. These will include Unit 19, Principles of Acting.

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (A2 equivalent)
In Year 13 you will study a further 2/3 units. These will include Unit 7, Performing to an Audience.

At times you will be expected to rehearse outside college hours for performances. You will need to do reserach and written assignments - these vary from week to week depending on shows and deadlines.

Entry requirements

Students are required to reach the Wadebridge Sixth Form Level 3 entry criteria. In addition, this course is ideal for those students who have successfully studied GCSE Drama (Grade C and above) and students who have a genuine interest in the Performing Arts.


  • Practical workshops
  • Rehearsals
  • Performances in Hall, Drama Studio or other venue
  • Individual and group research
  • Discussions and group work
  • Evidencing with written portfolios and diaries
  • Evaluation, Feedback and Assessment

Future opportunities

The BTEC Performing Arts will allow you to explore a range of skills, techniques and disciplines. The course will give you a unique insight into different career paths within the Performing Arts. Students can progress into Higher Education such as University, Drama Schools or onto a Foundation Course. Stu-dents can also progress straight into employment.

Further information

Independent Study Time:
A successful Performing Arts student will be a team player and willing to work with others. They will also be able to learn and research independently, as well as being reliable and have a good attendance rate. Most of all, a Performing Arts student will really enjoy performing or have a keen interest in the technical aspects of theatre.

New Facilities Include:

  • Newly renovated Drama Studio 
  • Versatile "black box" curtains
  • Digital lighting
  • Digital sound and mixing desk
  • New projector and screen

Students have said...

  • “I am really looking forward to studying Performing Arts”
  • “You get help and support throughout the course”
  • “You meet a lot of interesting people”
  • “I love the opportunities for performing”

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Wadebridge School directly.

Last updated date: 20 April 2015

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