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Performing Arts : Performance Level 3 Extended Diploma at Truro and Penwith College

Course description

By working regularly in groups, you’ll learn how to work cooperatively with others, a key factor in all aspects of study and employment. You will also develop your communication skills, improve your performing and critical abilities. The nature of the work develops the whole person, so that on completion of the course you can expect to find yourself equipped either to seek employment in many areas of work (not limited solely to the performing arts) or to move into higher education.

The course is deliberately quite broad enabling you to experience a wide range of styles and genres with the performing arts. There will be opportunity to choose some acting or dance specialist options, but there is a strong common practical core to the course, in which you will be expected to work with the whole group in the preparation of dance, drama and musical theatre performances that will stretch and develop you as a performer.

The high calibre of teaching staff and resources will complement your own developing skills in independent learning as you progress through the course. As a student of Performing Arts you are expected to be highly motivated, having chosen a course that reflects your interests and passions. The course will place high demands on you, always seeking to stretch your abilities, develop skills and strengthen performance technique. Through productions, you will always be encouraged to work practically to develop performances that display a high level of skill and professionalism.

Course content

The course is designed so you can develop a range of skills and knowledge about performance through units. Although the units are assessed separately they may be taught in conjunction for example several units can be covered in one performance.

Units will include for example Performance Workshop, Improvising, Singing Skills, Jazz Dance, and acting.


Assessment is through assignments set to each of 18 units. With four or five assignments to each unit there is a thorough assessment process throughout the course. Credit is gained for practical skills and for understanding of the subject. With such a busy assessment schedule you should be well organised and be able to meet deadlines. Attendance is mandatory as the nature of the work requires you to work with others.

Future opportunities

A BTEC Extended Diploma in Performing Arts can equip you for progression onto a university or drama/stage school degree or diploma course in subjects such as Drama, Acting, Musical Theatre, Dance, or Performing Arts. Other possible areas at university might be Media, Journalism, Events Management, Technical Theatre or Education (Teaching). If you do not wish to go into Higher Education you might find yourself able to go into employment an area of the performing arts, whether it be as a trainee or apprenticeship in backstage operations with a theatre company, front of house or teaching assistant. 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Truro and Penwith College directly.

Last updated date: 15 June 2016

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