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BTEC Extended Diploma in Performing Arts at New College Pontefract

Course description

Performing arts is a dynamic and exciting course that prepares students for performance and beyond. The course allows students to create, understand and perform drama, dance and music in a challenging way. Throughout the course students will study many different performing arts genres including physical theatre, Film and TV acting, and musical theatre.

This uniquely delivered programme is designed for those interested in continuing their study of performing arts in higher education and those who want a career within the performing arts industry. This vocational course has a huge emphasis on practical work and students will be expected to be involved in many public performances and extra-curricular activities. students will relish the opportunity to develop their creativity and performance throughout the two years.


Course content

Core units will include:

Investigating practitioners work
Developing skills
Group performance workshop
Performing arts in the community
Individual performance commission
Final live performance to an audience
Employment opportunities

Additional units may include:

Variety performance Principles of acting
Applying acting styles
Developing physical theatre
Applying physical theatre
Movement in performance
Developing movement skills
Voice and the actor
Developing voice for the actor
Devising plays
Contemporary theatre performance
Musical theatre performance

Entry requirements

Level 4 in English Language.


Assessment is through performance and written coursework. In addition to your teacher, the College will be allocated an external verifier who will assess your work.  During performance units, students will be required to rehearse in groups outside lesson time.


Financial information

Financial support can be provided to students of families who are on low income to help with extra costs of staying on in education. If you need any further information please visit our website or contact student services.

Future opportunities

Performing Arts students can go on to do a variety of things.  Some go on to study Performing Arts at specialist schools, colleges and universities. Many go into the Professional Performing Arts industry. 

Others have gone on to a whole host of other courses, ranging from Psychology to IT, to English to Art/Fashion, to Mathematics. 


Further information

Private Study

As an approximate guideline BTEC Extended Diploma in Performing Arts requires six to eight hours per week of additional study but much of this is taken up with rehearsing.


What materials will I need to purchase?

You will be expected to attend theTheatre Visits and there is opportunity to go on a residential trip abroad and to London.

Examining Board: 



Further Information

The BTEC Extended Diploma in Performing Arts is a specialist course and your gateway into the performing arts world. You will be trained as a performer in many diverse areas and will leave the course with both a sound practical and theoretical understanding of what is required to become a professional performer. Auditions may be required for some students to ensure that they will benefit from the course.

BTEC Performing Arts is for you if:  you want to enter the performing arts industry or be a professional actor/performer.


BTEC Performing Arts is not for you if: you don’t like performing and have no interest in following this career path.


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: 06 October 2017
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