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Performing Arts BTEC at Cardinal Newman College

Course description

All Performing Arts courses at Newman are challenging, creative, fun, and will train you as a performer and enable you to pursue a career in the Performing Arts. The Extended Diploma and Diploma will develop and improve your acting, dance and singing skills, and you will use these to create a wide range of original and innovative performance material.

On your chosen course, you will take part in spectacular shows where you will perform in our modern Newman Theatre and out in the community. You will learn about how to work as a professional performer and gain a wide range of knowledge about the Performing Arts industry. Our course is ideal if you are an aspiring performer.

Course content

The number of units that you will study will vary depending on which of the four BTEC Performing Arts courses you choose. The Diploma and Extended Diploma cover the full range of performance. If you study the Extended Diploma you will study 13 units over the two years and 8 units if you choose the Diploma. These will include topics such as Investigating Practitioners Work, Developing Skills and Techniques for Live Performance, Group Performance Workshops, Performing Arts in the Community, Individual Performance Commission and a Final Live Performance to an Audience.

If you choose to study one of the Extended Certificate courses, you will specialise in either Musical Theatre or Dance and will take 4 units over the course of two years. For each of these you will study Investigating Practitioners Work, Developing Skills and Techniques for Live Performance and Group Performance Workshop.  In addition to these you will study one more unit which is specific to the specialism you have chosen.

Entry requirements

At least five Cs at GCSE, including at least a grade 4 in Maths and English.


Future opportunities

Upon completion of a BTEC in Performing Arts, many of our student’s progress onto further vocational qualifications at conservatoires and drama schools, such as Trinity Laban, LIPA, Mountview or Guildford School of Music and Drama or to studying Performing Arts at degree level. We have a large number of students working as professional actors and dancers ranging from Cruise Ship performers to television presenters. Many of our students go on to work in a range of non-performance related careers, for example teachers, nurses and fashion designers.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Cardinal Newman College directly.

Last updated date: 10 August 2016
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