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BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Performing Arts (Acting) at John Henry Newman Catholic College

Course description

BTEC’s are qualifications that are designed to provide specialist work related qualifications in a range of sectors. They give learners the knowledge, understanding and skills that they need to prepare them for employment.

The performing arts are a major part of the creative and cultural industries in the UK. Overall, the industry contributes £4 billion to the UK economy and is a major employer. The UK’s performing arts sector is vibrant, varied, and hugely successful. It is a growth industry that offers diverse employment opportunities in areas such as dance, drama, music, theatre, film, puppetry, costume design, directing, set design, make-up or special effects, as well as the support functions and roles that bring these art forms to the fore. This course offers the opportunity for students to develop an insight into this industry and learn how they can play their part in the performing arts sector.

The Acting course provides learners with an introduction to and understanding of this industry. A wide range of skills and concepts will be explored and developed during the course and will vary widely based on the optional unit choices and abilities of the students.

Acting skills are studied and applied throughout the course and students are required to have a general interest in theatre practitioners as well as the more practical aspect of the course.

Course content

Units covered in this BTEC Extended Certificate:

  • Unit 1 – Investigating Practitioners’ Work
  • Unit 2 – Developing Skills and Techniques for Live Performance
  • Unit 3 – Group Performance Workshop
  • One additional unit – (This will be chosen with in conjunction with your specific skills and talents in mind)

Entry requirements

Prospective students will be invited to an audition before beginning the course. It would be a significant advantage if you have studied GCSE Drama, or gained a Merit or above in BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Performing Arts.


The new BTEC in Performing Arts uses a combination of assessment styles to give students confidence in order to apply their knowledge to succeed in the workplace – and have the study skills to continue learning on higher education courses and throughout their career. This range of vocational assessments – practical and written – mean students can showcase their learning and achievements to best effect when they take their next step, whether that’s supporting applications to higher education courses or potential employers.

There are some externally assessed examinations. These are in Unit 1 and Unit 3. The other units are marked internally and moderated. For the internally set assignments, you will produce a portfolio of evidence showing that you have met all of the assessment objectives. This will be evidenced through practical assignments, oral presentations/ demonstrations, written reports and project work. Submission deadlines are set throughout the year. You will need to ensure that you are organised and enjoy spending time working through a range of individual tasks.

Future opportunities

Examples of Education progression opportunities:

  • Drama/Theatre Studies/Acting degree at University
  • Higher National Diploma in Drama/Professional Acting school.

Career progression opportunities examples

  • Actor/performer working with a professional theatre company.
  • Drama teacher in a private drama/acting school.

Further information

Is there anything else I need to know?

Due to the nature of the course i.e. group project work and continuous assessment, absences cause problems. This applies to extra rehearsals as well.

  • To apply yourself 100% in lessons
  • All work will be submitted on time.
  • All work submitted must be your own
  • The ability to work as a team
  • Must work independently outside of lessons to perfect performance (to meet success criteria)
  • Take part in extra rehearsals outside of lesson time (to meet success criteria).

In return you can expect from us:

  • Delivery of planned lessons to provide you with the knowledge and skills to pass the BTEC course.
  • Support and guidance if required.
  • A range of assessment tasks that will allow you to express yourselves and your ideas in various ways.
  • Access to extra curricular activities if you want to further your learning.

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: 19 November 2018
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