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Performing Arts BTEC Level 3 Diploma at Hall Cross Academy

Course description

The Performing Arts Department is an active, creative and enjoyable department to be a member of and this comes across through the varied and many opportunities we offer along with the openness of the team.

As a Performing Arts student on the BTec course, you will be a member of this team.

During your time on the course you will be able to pursue your interests and develop your skills in a range of practical performance elements including acting, dancing, singing and musical theatre.

Although there are mandatory units and we expect all students to experience all disciplines as part of their course, there is scope within the course for you to adapt your learning to your preferred or stronger discipline.

The specification offers you the freedom to choose both the content and the form of your practical presentations at each level supported by written reports, working notebooks and portfolios.

We present several opportunities to work across disciplines, and even across courses, to offer the broadest possible experiences enabling you to build your portfolio and work towards a career within the industry.

Course content

The course is structured over the two years of your course with some units spanning the full two years and others completed within one year of study. The opportunities that we provide will enable the requirements to be met partially or fully for a number of units. For example, as you complete work for the Final Live Performance unit you will have been meeting the standards during rehearsals and preparation for the Developing Skills and Techniques for Live Performance Unit.

The units covered, which will have scope for you to specialise in your preferred discipline are:

  • Investigating Practitioners' work
  • Developing Skills and Techniques for Live Performance
  • Group Performance Workshop Performing Arts in the Community
  • Individual Performance Commission
  • Final Live Performance to an Audience

And then two further possible options, for which the following are an example:

  • Jazz Dance Technique
  • Contemporary Dance Technique
  • Choreography for Live Performance
  • Theatre Directing
  • Writing for Performance
  • Acting Styles
  • Singing Techniques for Performance
  • Musical Theatre Performance

Entry requirements

Students do not necessarily have to have studied BTec Performing Arts Level 2, as long as they show some academic ability in English (at least grade C) and they have some form of qualification in performing arts and/or had performance experience in the past.

What is more important is a great enthusiasm for Performing Arts as a whole, a willingness to have a go and the courage to perform in a variety of ways. We welcome Dance, Drama and Music students from every background and preferred style such as Classical, Rock, Pop, Jazz, Ethnic, Contemporary, Naturalistic, Absurdist and many more.

Although it is not essential for students to have GCSE qualifications in any art form, it is expected that all students opting to join the course have some existing evidence of their direct involvement in Performing Arts.

We also expect all Sixth Form Performing Arts students to play an active part in our extra curricular performing arts work.


We follow the Edexcel specification for the BTec Performing Arts course.

All of the units are studied through practical approaches with a number of them requiring supporting documentation, which contributes to the assessment, such as portfolios, reports and presentations.

Of the eight units you will complete, three will be set and assessed externally with the remainder moderated and verified.

Future opportunities

The UK creative industries were worth a record £76.9 billion to the UK economy in 2013, after growing by almost 10 per cent year on year. Growth in the creative industries was higher than in any other UK industry and was three times the average increase in the UK economy during the period.

Although it is a highly competitive, we aim to provide the foundations for you to access this constantly growing and diversifying industry.

A Sixth Form Performing Arts course including BTec is a necessity for all those students who wish to study Performing Arts as all or part of a degree / diploma course.

It is also desirable for those who wish to follow careers in stage work, dance, public relations, music retail, arts administration, music technology and technical theatre work for which the BTec will help prepare you for.

However, the greatest benefit for all students studying a Performing Arts course is that it gives you the confidence to become yourself.

Further information

Various dance, drama and music groups meet regularly at lunchtimes and after school.

There are regular performances both within school and at professional venues around the region, there is a whole school musical and all Performing Arts students are invited to showcase their work in the many concerts and other performance opportunities held each year.

We attend Move It/Perform every year – a national Dance/Drama Exhibition about future careers in Performing Arts along with attending workshops and performances.

We have attended BPM a national music exhibitions and work with many professional companies, practitioners, FE/HE providers and professional venues as opportunities arise across the different disciplines.

We hold regular trips and visits to theatres and venues include regular trips to London and abroad that are designed to broaden the experiences our students have within the Performing Arts world.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Hall Cross Academy directly.

Last updated date: 17 May 2016
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