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Performing Arts; Drama BTEC Extended Certificate at The Maplesden Noakes School

Course description

Students will take part in regular acting and drama lessons in which they will be prepared for the performing arts industry by performing regularly to live audiences. This course is equivalent to one A-Level.

The coursework, assessment and exams consist of:

  • Research projects
  • Workshops
  • Rehearsals
  • Performances
  • Drama diary/log book/target setting/skills audits

Course content

Investigating Practitioners’ Work (Exam unit): Students will study two practitioners across the space of 6 weeks. The exam paper will give the students a theme and the students must link these two practitioners to the theme in an essay based format under controlled conditions.

Developing Skills and Techniques for Live Performance: Students will study two performance pieces; 1) a pantomime and 2) Students will study, rehearse and put on a scripted play. Students will put the play together and perform to an audience. Students will keep regular diaries, setting short and long term targets.

Group Performance Workshop (exam unit): Students will be given a stimulus and have to work in groups of 5 – 7 to devise a performance based on a given stimulus (from the exam paper). Students will write about their journey of devising.

Variety Performance: Students will take part in a large end of year 13 cabaret show at Mumu cabaret bar in Maidstone town centre performing a new learnt variety skill. This unit will also include a Variety Performance research project and regular target setting and reviewing.

Musical theatre: Students will take part in the school’s annual production. This unit will also include a musical theatre research project and regular target setting and reviewing.

Students also have the opportunity to extend their learning by taking on LAMDA exams which can earn them extra UCAS points in acting, musical theatre and/or Public speaking. These will cost extra.

Entry requirements

BTEC Performing Arts (Drama): Merit or Higher OR 4-9 in GCSE Drama OR by a  audition.


Performance; Rehearsals; Workshops; Personal management; Log books/diaries/target setting/skills audits; Research projects

Future opportunities

Become a Performing Arts Ambassador (Prefect)

Take part in the annual production

Be nominated (and maybe win!) an Oscars award and attend the special Oscars ceremony annually



Further information

The course will allow students to access higher education studying performing arts based subjects.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 07 November 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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