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BTEC Performing Arts Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma at The Downs School

Course description

We are now offering the students the opportunity to study a BTEC Subsidiary Diploma Level 3 in Performing Arts „Acting‟– equivalent to an A Level qualification. Students will study a diverse range of units across the two years. This course provides enrichment and extension – allowing students to excel in their preferred area of study as well as providing a vocational and practical approach to their studies.

Work Experience placements at local theatres for short periods can also be negotiated. This course is an excellent follow on from Drama and Dance BTEC and/or GCSE at KS4. It would also be of interest to those students who study a performance discipline outside school and/or have undertaken performance roles in School Musicals or House Performing Arts.

Course content

The BTEC is a practical course; written work is expected in the form of research projects and valuations. Students will be expected to wear appropriate clothing for practical work including workshops. Students will also be expected to rehearse in their own time, take part in evening performances and attend theatre trips.

The course is continually assessed; there is a proportion of practical performance work which is filmed, documented and /or performed to live audiences. Although there is no final examination paper students should expect to complete in-depth written work and assignments based on research of practitioners and plays studied. Students must be prepared to keep a log of all acting and production lessons to help them complete written assignments.

Entry requirements

4 GCSE‟s at GRADE C or above plus a genuine interest and enthusiasm in acting/performance and commitment to these subjects. The ability to meet deadlines, be a reliable group member and rehearse in students‟ own time is essential.



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How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Downs School directly.

Last updated date: 26 June 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 - 2 Years