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BTEC Acting Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma at Birchwood Community High School

Course description

On successful completion of a BTEC in Acting, students can progress onto employment and/or continue their study of Acting/Drama at appropriate higher education establishments. The natural progression to employment would be as actors, Drama/Performing Arts teachers, working on TV and radio, in the theatre, theatre in education, arts management, etc. This course would compliment other arts subjects, particularly Music, Dance and Media and also English.

This course is for experienced and talented performers who would like to develop their acting skills further. The course, equivalent to one full A Level, aims to provide students with the opportunity to study acting at an advanced level. Lessons have both a practical and vocational focus and students are required to take part in a variety of performances throughout the course.

The Subsidiary Diploma consists of two core units ‘Performing to an Audience’ and ‘Principles of Acting’ and students will also take four specialist units throughout the course. They will undertake assignments designed to reflect professional practice and to prepare for higher level courses.


Course content

Year 1                  

  • Principles of acting
  • Devising
  • Theatre in Education

 Year 2

  • Performing to an audience
  • Musical Theatre
  • Auditions for Actors


Entry requirements

The entry requirements for this course are 5 A*-C grades at GCSE or a BTEC Level 2 with at least a merit. Applicants will also be required to attend an audition.



Assessment is continuous and some of the course will be monitored externally. Evidence for assessment includes portfolio work; research/written assignments, video/observations of practical performances, recordings etc., all graded at Pass, Merit and Distinction. All units are assessed individually; the final grade is an aggregate of the grades achieved in the units.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Birchwood Community High School directly.

Last updated date: 29 May 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years