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Performing Arts Level 3 at Overton Grange School

Course description

The Extended Certificate is a Level 3 course (equivalent to 1 A’ level) that is studied for two years. It is for learners who are interested in learning about the performing arts sector alongside other fields of study, with a view to progressing to a wide range of higher education courses, not necessarily in Performing Arts. This course will appeal to students who would benefit from a practical approach to the subject and those who prefer doing coursework to exams.

Course content

Three units are mandatory:
Unit 1: Investigating Practitioners’ Work
Unit 2: Developing Skills and Techniques for Live Performance
Unit 3: Group Performance Workshop

The fourth unit will be selected by the learner/centre.

Examples of the optional units:
Unit 18: Interpreting Classical Text for Performance
Unit 19: Acting Styles
Unit 20: Developing the Voice for Performance
Unit 21: Improvisation

Entry requirements

5 GCSE’s A*-C, BTEC qualifications are accepted and students should aim to get a merit grade. However, it is not necessary for Drama to have been studied before.


The BTEC course is assessed using a combination of internal and external assessments. The course is assessed entirely through coursework. You will
be required to undertake extensive independent research, participate in a number of
live performances and produce written work which documents, analyses and evaluates
the practical work which you have produced or seen.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Overton Grange School directly.

Last updated date: 12 September 2016
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