Performing Arts (Drama) BTEC L3 Diploma (or extended certificate) at Swale Sixth Form
Summary of skills students gain by studying this subject
It is important to note that performing arts is not just studied by people wanting to be actors, singing or dancers. Where we provide training that will allow you to work professionally in the theatre, the skills learnt on the course are transferable to many employment sectors.
To prepare you for work in the entertainment industry, on stage, in television or as a teacher, the course will provide a direct route into further training at University level or into your first job via the use of an agent. The course provides a foundation in acting, singing and dancing as well as directing, devising and television and film work. You do not need to be fully experienced in every area, you do need to be ready to develop your creative flair and technical proficiency. You are treated as professional performers and you are expected to take the work seriously.
Some of the skills gained by studying this course include creative thinking, team work, communication, imagination, organisation and leadership.
Both of these courses are two year courses, that offer either two A level equivalent (Diploma) or one A level equivalent (Extended Certificate)
Potential Topics that will be studied
Extended Certificate - Students will study four different aspects of performer training and the course covers topics on areas such as Improvisation, Developing skills for life performance and Investigating practitioners.
Diploma - Students will study eight different aspects of performer training and the course covers topics on areas such as Improvisation, Developing skills for live performance and investigating practioners, Group performance workshop, Performing Arts commission, Final live performance to an audience and Musical Theatre.
Students need to achieve 5 9-4 GCSE grades including English and maths. A pass at BTEC performing arts or a 4 at GCSE drama is preferable but not essential; another arts subject would be the most appropriate replacement. Equivalent experience outside school will also be considered. An audition will be required.
Assessment is mostly coursework based and this includes, practical rehearsal material, performance work and supporting written files. We also have two externally assessed exam units over the two years for the Extended Certificate course and three externally assessed exam units over the two years for the Diploma course.
Progression and career opportunities
Many students will want to take up a degree level qualification at the end of this course to continue their training. There are, however, many possibilities open to you, including youth work and production roles, writing, holiday entertainer in the UK or abroad and working on screen in film and TV.
How to apply
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