Accessibility links

Performing Arts BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate at Hornsea School and Language College

Course description

Performing arts are a major part of the creative and cultural industries in the UK and contributes £3.5 billion to the UK economy. The UK's creative industries have been identified as a strategic growth sector by the government. This course enables you to develop knowledge of the processes involved in creating performances, performing skills and the different types of organisations and employment opportuni-ties in the performing arts sector.

The qualification provides opportunity to study Acting, Dance and Musical theatre. The course is heavily practically based and you will benefit from a variety of theatre trips and extra-curricular performances.

Course content

  • Unit 1: Investigate Practitioners Work
    Learners investigate the work of performing arts practitioners and develop critical anal-ysis skills and contextual understanding of how practitioners communicate themes.
  • Unit 3: Group Performance Workshop
    Learners explore and integrate creative, physical and vocal skills and techniques, working collaboratively to create a perfor-mance in response to a given stimulus.
  • Unit 5: Individual Performance Commission
    Learners understand the nature and purpose of commission work, responding individually to a specific commission brief by applying their performance skills.
  • Unit 2: Developing Skills & Techniques for Live Performance
    Learners explore technical performance skills with a focus on developing and demonstrating skills and techniques in at least two performance styles within a selected discipline.
  • Unit 4: Performing Arts in the Community
    Learners develop their knowledge and understanding of performing in the community, applying specialist skills and techniques to a community performance project.
  • Unit 6: Live Performance to an Audience
    This unit covers the practical exploration and application of specialist skills and techniques through the development and rehearsal of a final live performance to an audience.
2 units to be chosen from the following:
(This list is not exhaustive. The group will select the same units.)
  • Dance technique
  • Healthy dancer
  • Theatre directing
  • Writing for performance
  • Acting styles
  • Improvisation
  • Singing techniques for performers
  • Physical theatre techniques
  • Variety performance
  • Storytelling

Entry requirements

5 A*-C GCSEs. GCSE drama or dance is desirable but it is not essential if you have an ability to perform and have experience of extra-curricular performance activities


  • Units 1, 3 & 5 are assessed externally
  • All other units are assessed internally.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Hornsea School and Language College directly.

Last updated date: 20 January 2017
Provider logo

Key information


  • More information
    • Our transport provision is shared with HSLC’s home-school transport. The routes shown here arrive at Sixth Form for 8.30am and depart at 3.10pm. Bus passes can be purchased for Sixth Form students from the East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s website.

      Free twilight buses also run on these routes three days per week at 5.00pm. These give students the opportunity to take part in clubs, societies, catch-up sessions or to use the Sixth Form study facilities.

      Visit for complete bus routes.