BTEC Performing Arts at The Thetford Academy
GENERAL AIMS: BTEC Performing Arts is a Level 3
qualification. It is vocational and aims to prepare students
for the practical nature of the Performing Arts industry.
The course extends and expands the knowledge of
different types of performance work. Students are
required to work together to form their own performance
company and manage all aspects of performance.
COURSE OUTLINE: Subsidiary Diploma in
Performing arts (One A Level Equivalent).
n Core 1 - Performing to an Audience: The aim of this
unit is to give learners experience of performing a role
as part of an ensemble presenting rehearsed work to
a live audience in an appropriate vocational setting.
n Core 2 - Principles of Acting: In this unit learners
will study the key principles of acting. These will be
explored mainly through practical workshops, tutorled
rehearsals and performances to a live audience.
n Specialist Additional Units include: Applying Acting
Styles, Theatre in Education, Theatre for Children,
Rehearsing Performing, Diploma in Performing Arts (Two A
Level; Equivalents), Performance Workshop, Performing Arts
Business, Developing Physical Theatre, Applying Physical
Theatre, Storytelling as Performance, Auditions for Actors.
n Core unit 1 - Performing Arts Business:
In this unit, you will explore the nature of the industry,
researching the range of jobs on offer, training
requirements; how the performing arts is funded and how
to plan and manage a practical performance budget.
n Core unit 2 - Performance Workshop:
As a group, you will devise 2 performance pieces
on a theme and a script chosen by your drama
teacher. You will perform the work, showcasing
your performance skills in the studio theatre.
NATURE OF STUDY: The BTEC Performing Arts course is
a blend of theory and practical learning. Students will
be expected to keep an evaluative portfolio, conduct
research, lead workshops and participate in several devised
and scripted performances. Students will study various
theatre practitioners and a range of play texts and genres.
Sixth Form Entry
5 A*-C at GCSE, including a C in English + Mathematics,
with a B grade in the chosen subject areas for A Level.
BTEC Level 3
4 A*-C, preferably including a C in English + Mathematics.
BTEC Level 2
2 D grades.
Each student’s work is reviewed at the end of
Year 12 and progress into Year 13 is dependent on
satisfactory performance in the examinations.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Thetford Academy directly.