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Performing Arts BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma at Oaklands College

Course description

This course provides a wide-ranging opportunity to apply and expand your skills in the performing arts. Across two years and eighteen units you will study acting, dance and singing and make use of the skills you develop in a series of exciting large-scale public performances (at least one a term). You will work from scripts as well as devising your own performances. The course is an exciting journey fusing song, dance, acting and your imagination in a celebration of your potential and the diversity of talent in your company.

Course content

The emphasis is on working as a professional theatre company. You will take responsibility for all aspects of your performances including costume, make-up, lighting and sound. You will perform to a variety of audiences both in college and outside. In recent years we have mounted a full-scale productions of 'Fame' and 'Thoroughly Modern Millie' at Campus West Theatre in Welwyn. Previous shows have included a gala outdoor production of Shakespeare's `A Midsummer Night's Dream' and a series of exciting cabaret evenings. Next year, who knows? It's up to the group. There will also be a week long Residential Visit (2010 - Verona, Italy 2011 - Krakow, Poland 2012 - Berlin, Germany) and you will get the chance to work with visiting professionals, go on trips to the theatre and much more. On the equally vital academic side you need to explore and grasp the theory behind your practical work and so you'll study the Performing Arts Business to find out how to use your practical skills in the real world and Performing Arts in Historical Context so you can measure your own developing work against the rich backdrop of all that has gone before.

Entry requirements

Five GCSEs at Grade C or above including English and a genuine enthusiasm for all aspects of the Performing Arts.

Overall, the course is perfect for anyone with proven skills in the Performing Arts and a burning desire to get better at it.


Assessment is Project-Led, each project will begin with an assignment that lays out precisely what you need to do in terms of practical work, research and reflection to achieve success. This means that as well as being assessed practically you will also carry out research work and create journals and evaluations of your practical work so that your thought processes and developing critical skills can also be assessed.

Financial information

16-18 years old, no tuition fees apply to Full Time courses and fees subject to confirmation. Additional costs applicable to BHS courses.

Future opportunities

The qualification can lead to Higher Education in a specialist dance or drama school or at university; or directly to employment in the industry.

Further information

For students that do not already have a C or above in GCSE English or maths will study either Functional skills or GCSE depending on their grade as part of their study programme

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Oaklands College directly.

Last updated date: 09 September 2016
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