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Performing Arts BTEC National Extended Certificate at St Edmunds Catholic Academy

Course description

The BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Performing Arts has been specifically designed to enable students to explore a wide range of performance elements. As well as providing training in acting, students can tailor their course to suit their performing abilities in dance and singing also. This course also emphasises the skills that employers are looking for, including team work, selfconfidence, communication skills, self-motivation and the ability to meet targets. The course enables students to develop their performance skills to a high level and to learn the graft and craft of acting. Students will be provided with opportunities to develop practical understanding of the skills and knowledge, alongside critical analysis skills and contextual understanding of practitioners’ work. This course builds the skills needed for a career in the Performing Arts industry and is equivalent to one A-Level.

Course content

Key Points:

􀁸 All units are completed through a mixture of practical and written coursework.

􀁸 Two units are externally assessed and two are internally assessed and verified in school.

􀁸 You will be provided with opportunities to develop a range of performing skills and techniques, as well as, personal skills and attributes that are essential for successful performance in working life.

􀁸 There is a large amount of practical ensemble work meaning that effective communication skills and an ability to work productively as part of a group are essential and will be developed.

􀁸 You will need to keep a reflective log book to record the creative journey and evaluate your work.

􀁸 There is a written unit which concentrates on your written ability to critically analyse.

􀁸 Plenty of opportunity is given for students to perform their work, whether scripted or devised, to a live audience in the theatre. Performances are recorded and used as evidence for external examinations and moderations.

Future opportunities

This course opens up a range of pathways upon completion. With its vocational focus, the course leads very well further study of Performing Arts courses at Higher Education or Specialist Institutes. It will also help to prepare students to work in the performing industry. Studies alongside other ALevels, it also offers a complementary education for those with a clear interest in Performing Arts.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Edmunds Catholic Academy directly.

Last updated date: 05 December 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 years