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Performing Arts - BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma at Joseph Chamberlain Sixth Form College

Course description

This two year full-time programme (thirty weeks across three terms) represents a
partnership between the College and a national drama school. The course introduces students to practical technique classes and performance-based training within a drama school environment. A broad range of creating and staging theatre productions are developed whilst students obtain a nationally recognised qualification equivalent to 3 A Levels. 

Course content

The course consists of individual units across a wide spectrum of the creative and performing arts. Students are expected to study both mandatory and optional units as part of the programme. Units will include:
• Voice
• Devising Theatre
• Audition Techniques
In addition, core units are studied as part of the fundamental academic structure
of this course. These will include historical studies, business & management, and
performing to an audience. Students are expected to maintain a level of academic
rigour equal to 3 A Level subjects, and a balance of practical and written work
is expected from all. At the heart of the school’s philosophy is the performance
experience. Students will perform in a number of major performance projects
including the promenade and graduation shows. 

Entry requirements

Prospective students must a real enthusiasmfor the Performing Arts and ideally have
some previous acting experience plus five GCSE grades of C and above, including
English at grade C. It is possible to retake GCSE Maths alongside this course.

Financial information

Fees for this course are fully-funded if prospective students are aged between 16 and 18. Please Note: To apply for this course you must do so through The Birmingham Theatre School. To begin your application and for further information on applying, please click here and scroll down to the bottom of the page.

Future opportunities

This course provides skills applicable to developing a career in the Performing Arts
industry. You will also be able to progress on to a degree level course in Performing
Arts or related fields. Many of the skills are transferable and can be applied to higher
level study in many fields or in the world of work.

Further information

Contact Name: Abigail Soley Course Leader - Performing Arts
Contact Email:

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 03 October 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Course code: PFN1-THSC19
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