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BTEC Level 3 Certificate / Extended Certificate in Performing Arts at Thomas Rotherham College (TRC)

Course description

This qualification will enable you to explore your practical and academic abilities, allowing you to discover a range of skills within the performing arts sector. The units within the course cover all elements allowing you to specialise in the pathway that best fits your skills (acting, singing, dancing), however you should be prepared to participate in everything. The transferrable skills you will develop will range from independent to group work, where you will be able to mastery in acting, movement, and musical theatre; as well as increasing your academic knowledge of the performing arts industry, practitioners, and events management. The aim of the qualification is to prepare learners for entry to a range of sector-related degrees that can lead to employment, within the Creative Industries.

Course content

This qualification will enable you to explore your practical and academic abilities, allowing you to discover a range of skills within the performing arts sector. The units within the course cover all elements of theatre with a specific emphasis on practitioners’ techniques and styles, you should be prepared to participate in everything. The transferrable skills you will develop will range from independent to group work, where you will be able to develop mastery in acting, movement, and musical theatre as well as increasing your academic knowledge of the performing arts, the industry and live performance. The aim of the qualification is to prepare learners for entry to a range of sector-related degrees and apprenticeships that can lead to employment within the Creative Industries.

Recognition


Two years of this study will lead to an equivalent of 1 A-Level, this new BTEC has support and recognition from institutions such as; The Royal Ballet School, Leeds Becket University, University of South Wales, University of Huddersfield, Kingston University London, Southampton Solent University, University of Chichester and more.
In addition this qualification provides you with the opportunity to develop crucial and transferable skills for self-confidence, interpersonal communication, self-presentation, personal discipline, time management and organisation which will equip you for your future life and is highly regarded by all higher education providers and employers.

 

How does the qualification provide employability skills?

• Cognitive and problem-solving skills: the use of critical thinking, approaching non-routine
problems by applying expert and creative solutions, using systems and technology.
• Intrapersonal skills: communicating, working collaboratively, negotiating and
influencing, self-presentation.
• Interpersonal skills: self-management, adaptability and resilience, self-monitoring and relationship development.

 

Do I have to be able to sing, act, and dance to do Performing Arts?
GCSEs or BTECs in Music/Drama/Expressive arts are useful but not essential. It is more important that you are prepared to have a go at everything and focus on improving your skills.

 

UNITS : There are four units you will cover over the two year period, two internally assessed units (Developing Skills and Techniques for Live Performance & Acting Styles) along with two externally assessed units (Investigating Practitioners’ Work & Group Performance Workshop).


The units will range from practical projects where you will work independently and in groups from a stimulus, or script, to create theatre for a live audience based on the skills you learn in workshops and lessons. You will also need to prepare written research reports where you will explore practitioners such as Bertolt Brecht and Bob Fosse and may choose to tailor your research around the sector that interests you the most: acting/dancing/musical theatre. You will be asked to present a piece of extended writing based on your chosen practitioner.

 

Study Visits
TRC organises exciting opportunities for you to work with performers from professional companies and to go and watch live performances. This is a mandatory part of the course and it is essential you take part in each event. We have strong links with local theatres such as the Sheffield Crucible where you could perform live on their stage.

Entry requirements

General Level 3 entry criteria.

Assessment

Assessments are a combination of practical performances, coursework, and set tasks by Pearson. The external assessment element will reflect the vocational content of the course and be highly practical, such as assessment of performance. Demands of higher education entry criteria will also be met with this qualification, such as the ability to produce extended writing evidencing your knowledge of the subject and the performing arts industry.

Financial information

Cost of Study Visits usually no more than £15 per event.

Future opportunities

It is excellent broad preparation for further study and careers in the perfoming arts.  It is also an excellent support course for students who wish to follow a career that requires excellent communication and presentation skills. 

Careers:

Community Arts Worker, Drama Therapist, Actor, and Dancer. 

Further information

Visit the Drama Studio on one of our Open Evenings to find out more and see the great performance facilities on offer at TRC.

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: 25 September 2018
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    • The College is situated on Moorgate in Rotherham, about a 15 minute walk from the centre of Rotherham.  Buses leave the central Rotherham Interchange every 10 minutes and the journey takes approx. 5 minutes. 

      We also run dedicated bus services to ease your journey to and from College.  See www.thomroth.ac.uk for details and route information. 

      The College also has on-site permit parking for students, with priority given to students with the greatest distance to travel.