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BTEC Level 3 Performing Arts (Acting) at Meadowhead

Course description

BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Performing Arts

Course content

About the course

The course is a 360 guided learning hour qualification that consists of three mandatory units: Investigating Practitioners’ Work, Developing Skills and Techniques for Live Performance and Group Performance Workshop. As well as one optional unit, Improvisation.


The course is challenging, adventurous and explores many different dramatic conventions, styles, theatre practitioners and live professional production. It is a practical and engaging course and one that will require lots of energy and commitment from you. It will change the way you look at yourself and the world around you.


What is BTEC?

BTEC qualifications are designed to provide highly specialist, work-related qualifications that give learners the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to prepare for employment. Look at for more details.


What will I learn?

You will develop a real understanding of the performing arts industry and how to function within it. You will become an active member of a theatre company and be graded on what you do. The course is taught in Units, is very flexible and you will be looking at different styles of performance, writers and plays.

Entry requirements

Some students will have already studied BTEC Level 2 Performing Arts (Acting) or GCSE Drama. GCSE 5 or above in Drama or Merit L2 in Performing Arts.  Experience of performing is vital, you must enjoy working collaboratively and a Level 4 or above in English is essential. You must be willing to push yourself physically and emotionally, be both creative and disciplined and be open to new ideas.


How will I be assessed?

Year 1 Two mandatory units – one internally and one externally assessed.

Year 2 One mandatory unit, externally assessed and one optional unit, internally assessed.


NO final exam. Possible grades are Pass, Merit, Distinction and Distinction*

Future opportunities

This course enables students to gain an entry qualification for a variety of courses in Higher Education – theatre based or in another academic discipline.

Further information

Where can I find out more?

Speak to Ms Pollard & Mrs Masson-Wilson

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: 18 October 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September