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Performing Arts - Acting BTEC National Extended Certificate Level 3 (Block C) at St John's Catholic Comprehensive School

Course description

Why choose Acting?

Acting and drama is a dynamic practice that introduces you to a world of wonder and play. It encourages you to continue questioning, exploring and teasing out new ideas and ways of living and thinking. Acting and drama is not about being the best performer or the next Hollywood star,  it is about creating and makingexploring and responding in the search of our true selves and meaningful connections with others and the world around us.

Actors need to develop many skills to be able to work, rehearse and perform in a range of acting styles. Exploring the approaches and techniques used by different theatre practitioners and/or theatre companies will help you to develop and adapt your acting and performance skills. This will make you a more versatile actor, opening up possibilities for you to work in a broad range of styles.

Skills you will gain:

  • Oral Communication Skills.
  • Creative Problem Solving Abilities. 
  • Motivation and Commitment. 
  • Willingness to Work Cooperatively
  • The Ability to Work Independently.
  • Initiative.
  • Work to deadlines
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Adaptable and flexible

Course content

You will study and complete four units of work over two years:

Year 12

Unit 2 - Developing skills and techniques for live performance.

A: Understand the role and skills of a performer

  • Explore the roles and skills of a performer

B: Develop performance skills and techniques for live performance

  • Explore and develop physical skills, performance disciplines and styles
  • Explore and develop vocal skills, performance disciplines and styles
  • Develop interpretative skills, performance disciplines and styles
  • Personal management and discipline skills for performance

C: Apply performance skills and techniques in selected styles

  • Application of physical and vocal skills to performance material, disciplines and styles
  • Application of interpretative skills to performance material, disciplines and styles

D: Review and reflect on development of skills and techniques for live performance

  • Review and evaluate development of skills and techniques for live performance


Unit 3 – Group Workshop Performance

A: Generating and exploring ideas from stimulus

  • Types of stimulus
  • Understand how to use stimulus for developing performance
  • Primary and secondary research

B: Develop and realise creative ideas for a group performance in response to stimulus

  • Practical exploration and shaping of creative ideas
  • Use of appropriate performance skills
  • Development and realisation of creative ideas

C: Personal management and collaborative skills

  • Personal management
  • Teamwork and collaboration

D: Communicate creative intentions through group workshop performance

  • Communication
  • Application of individual performance skills

E: Review and reflect on the effectiveness of the working process and the workshop performance

  • Working process
  • Workshop performance


Year 13

Unit 1 –Investigating practitioners’ work

A: Investigating contextual factors

  • Investigation process

B: The relationships between contextual factors, creative intentions and themes

  • Contextual factors and practitioners’ work
  • Creative intentions and themes

C: Critical analysis of the work of performing arts practitioners

  • The application of critical analysis skills
  • How performance styles and methods that characterise practitioner work are used to create and communicate meaning and style

D: Be able to present conclusions and independent judgements through effective investigation

  • Summarise key information to support independent judgements
  • Presentation of findings
  • Presentation of independent judgements


Unit 19 – Acting Styles

A: Understand acting styles and techniques for performance

  • Explore and understand the key features of acting styles for performance
  • Understanding processes and practices in theatre performance

B: Develop acting styles, skills and techniques for performance

  • Acting styles, skills and techniques

C: Apply acting styles, skills and techniques in rehearsal and performance

  • Apply acting styles, skills and techniques in rehearsals
  • Apply acting styles, skills and techniques to a performance

D: Review personal development and own performance

  • Review and evaluate development of acting styles and theatrical techniques
  • Review and evaluate the application of acting styles and theatrical techniques


Entry requirements

A minimum of  5 subjects at Grade 4 or higher at GCSE or equivalent  with at least a Level 4 in GCSE Maths and English or a BTEC level 2 in Performing Arts (Merit or Distinction) or GCSE Drama C/Grade 4 or above.  An interest in acting and theatre.


The course is both assessed externally by PEARSON via exam, performance and controlled assessment, and assessed internally by subject teacher.  You will be assessed on your contribution in workshops and in rehearsal, as well as on your performances.  You will also be assessed on written work which is in the form of a research and development portfolio.  

Future opportunities

In addition to the performing arts sector-specific content, this qualification provides learners with the opportunity to develop all-round performance skills and transferable skills such as self-confidence, self-presentation, personal discipline, time management and organisational skills which are highly regarded by higher education and employers.

Career opportunities:

  • Actor/actress.
  • Stage manager.
  • Arts administrator.
  • Drama teacher.
  • Dramatherapist.
  • Television production assistant.
  • Radio presenter.
  • Theatre director

Further information

Students will be taking part in physical activity and full kit is required for every lesson.


Please Note:

This is a two year course and no qualification will be gained if only one year is completed.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St John's Catholic Comprehensive School directly.

Last updated date: 06 November 2018