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Performing Arts BTEC 90 Credit Diploma and Extended Diploma Level 3 at Boston College

Course description

The Performing Arts course offers technical development in all areas of performance skills (singing, dancing and acting). 

The course, delivered by our experienced lecturers, covers performing, rehearsing, dance performance, applying acting skills, voice, singing  and the healthy performer, auditioning techniques, business and theory to give an overview of the industry and how to succeed as a performer. 

The emphasis of the course is on creating entrepreneurial performers who have the skills, knowledge and experience to promote themselves at auditions and within the industry. This is achieved with practical application of knowledge in realistic industry environments such as projects, workshops and performances, and by enabling learners to create and promote a portfolio of their own work. 

This course will help learners gain the skills to progress into work or higher education and achieve their future goals.

Course content

Work in a professional vocational context. Participate fully in rehearsals and workshops developing technical skills. Perform in a variety of shows, musicals, plays in various locations. Develop writing skills in the form of a portfolio/journal logbook which is project based. 

Practical work – Performing Arts is based at the Peter Paine Performance Centre where there are a luxury of a fully equipped mirrored dance studio, large performance area for drama and group singing in addition to a smaller studio for singing/vocal coaching. 
Performances – You will be involved in a variety of performances such as: classical Acting, contemporary acting, street dance, contemporary dance, musical theatre, singing techniques, solo/ensemble work, variety performance, TV acting and Pantomime. These performances take place in a range of venues. At the end of the second year students participate in a 2 week work experience tour of Cyprus working in theatres, schools and cabarets. 

Portfolio – Throughout the course you will build a professional portfolio which represents you and your work. This portfolio will be used to assess your work but, more than that, will give you a foundation on which you can promote yourself during and after your course is completed. The portfolio will include; performance videos, photos and recordings of your work and will demonstrate your skills and experiences. 

As well as performance you will be given the opportunity to explore other areas within the performing arts industry such as, improvisation, street theatre, performing arts business and production (backstage crewing and sound and lighting).  

There is also an opportunity to go on industry related trips and partake in workshops delivered by professionals. 

In addition to the main course you will also study personal and social development, this builds on employability skills and will increase your chances of obtaining work in the future. 

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at grades C or above (New GCSE grade - 4 or above) (or equivalent) or Merit or above at Diploma Level 2, plus an audition to demonstrate performance ability.


There are no examinations on this course, instead you will complete a series of projects which will be assessed and graded and these marks will add together to give you your final grade. 

The vast majority of assessment is practical with a small amount of portfolio based, written work is usually related to the work you have done and there is an emphasis on self-evaluation. Some of the theory work is also assessed on presentation (i.e. power point), video of evidence of evaluations.

Financial information

There is a fee of £30.00, payable by November; this covers costumes and some visiting lecturers for workshops.  

It is advisable to hire a locker for your course duration; this requires a £5 charge which is issued back once the key is returned. 
You will be asked to pay some contribution towards educational visits and/or workshops. You will be expected to wear a uniform for all practical sessions; this consists of a black t-shirt (Boston College logo), black tracksuit/jazz pants/dance trousers, black jazz shoes/trainers. 

The college provides an opportunity for learners to apply for a means tested Bursary this can be used against any of the additional costs.

Future opportunities

Successful completion of the course would allow you to progress to higher education to study any aspect of Performing Arts & Stage School. 

Should you decide to enter the world of employment the Extended Diploma is equivalent to 3 GCE A Levels grade A*-C. 

Some learners also go on to work within the industry following their course based upon contacts they have made while on the course.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 10 February 2017

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