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BTEC Level 2 Extended Certificate in Performing Arts at Challenge College

Course description

The revised BTEC National Award, Certificate and Diploma in Performing Arts with Acting, Circus Skills, Dance, Musical Theatre, Performance pathways are designed as successors to the current Edexcel Level 3 BTEC qualifications of the same titles. The revisions to the BTEC Nationals in Performing Arts allow for the opportunity to update the units and revise the content where appropriate. The performing arts sector sees continual change in terms of techniques and technology used in all areas and particularly in those that involve the dance or technical pathways, it is for this reason that we have introduced new dance units, such as World Dance, Exploring Contact Improvisation and Urban Dance.
Further information will be added to each of the units in terms of a unit abstract and also in relation to the delivery and assessment strategies. More detailed information in each of these sections will allow tutors to offer a more informed approach to the implementation of the individual units and therefore also to the complete qualification, whether it is a BTEC National Award, Certificate or Diploma.
The vocational context of the qualification is provided through the core units and additional optional units such as Approaches to directing theatre, Stand up comic technique, Applying classical ballet technique, World dance, Clowning, to name but a few. This vocational nature of the qualification is underlined through links to the relevant Sector Skills Council.

Course content

A - National Award in Performing Arts- (Acting)

Acting mandatory units

  • Performing to an Audience
  • Principles of Acting

Acting specialist
learner takes 3 specialist units

  • Acting Auditions
  • Applying Acting Styles
  • Applying Physical Theatre
  • Approaches to Directing Theatre
  • Classical Theatre Performance
  • Contemporary Theatre Performance
  • Developing Movement Skills
  • Developing Physical Theatre
  • Developing Voice for the Actors
  • Devising Plays
  • Drama Improvisation
  • Film and TV Acting
  • Mime
  • Movement in Performance
  • Musical Theatre Performance
  • Performing with Masks
  • Radio Acting
  • Script Writing
  • Singing Skills for Actors and Actors
  • Standup Comic Technique
  • Story Telling as Performance
  • The Practice of Directing Theatre
  • Theatre for Children
  • Theatre in Education
  • Unit 31 Clowning
  • Variety Performance

Entry requirements

At least 5A* to C at GCSE including English Language and Maths


  • Portfolio of Evidence
  • Practical Demonstration / Assignment
  • Practical Examination

Overall assessment method for the qualificationThis qualification will be assessed by the external verification of portfolios using the agreed National Standards Sampling (NSS) approach

Future opportunities

The BTEC Nationals in Performing Arts offer progression opportunities in and to employment within the Performing Arts Sector. The qualification will also provide opportunities for progression to BTEC Higher nationals, and other HE qualifications.

Potential job occupations
Circus Performer
Entertainment Manager
TV/Film Director
TV/Film Runner
TV/Radio Announcer/Presenter

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 21 October 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Year