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Performing Arts - Musical Theatre BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate at Richard Challoner School

Course description

The course has been updated and now comprises of both vocational and academic studies allowing students to explore and focus on building technique and performance skills in singing, dancing and acting. The lessons will take the form of rehearsals or workshops with material suited to the ability and stage of development of the students. Students will additionally learn by completing projects and assignments that are based on realistic workplace situations, activities and demands. There is also an added element of theatre practice and the pedagogy behind Musical Theatre training, cumulating in an external examination. Rehearsal logs and follow up research will run alongside workshops and performances. You will be taught by professionally trained staff with experience of working in the performing arts industry. Professional Musical Theatre actors will give Master Classes. We have links with professional drama schools and West End Theatre visits take place regularly.

Course content

There are 4 units to be completed:

  •  Investigating Practitioners’ work
  •  Developing skills for live performance
  •  Group Performance workshop
  •  Musical Theatre Techniques

Entry requirements

A typical Performing Arts student is lively, ambitious, self-motivated and has a love of Musical Theatre. Additionally, it is vital that they should be willing to perform in public, work with others, solve problems, plan their own learning and communicate effectively.

Students will need to have at least 5 GCSEs at grade 4 and above, including English and Maths. We strongly suggest that one of the GCSEs is in Dance/Drama and/or Music. Those students who have had previous experience of classes in dance, singing or acting will also be welcomed onto the course. All potential students will need to take part in a musical theatre workshop in mid-December to assess suitability.


Assessment is through both internal and external assignments and can vary from written tasks to practical demonstration of skills in the three areas. On completion students will be awarded an overall grade, which can be used towards entry to university. Both Edexcel and Challoner Staff over-see assessment.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Richard Challoner School directly.

Last updated date: 30 October 2017
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