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Performing Arts: Acting BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate at Lytchett Minster School

Course description

This year Lytchett is offering a new and exciting range of courses across the Performing Arts spectrum. Students will be able to specialise in different performance/production areas or link qualifications together to follow a more holistic route. The BTEC Performing Arts courses are exciting vocational courses. Students will explore the business of the performing arts in a practical way, specialising in acting. Students will form a theatre company which will become the basis for all assessment. As a company, students will work alongside each other to create drama productions, developing their skills as both performers and practitioners.

We advise that students combine subjects to develop their skills, improve their employability and offer more progression routes to Higher Education. Students will be able to take A Level Drama, BTEC Extended Certificate in Performing Arts and Acting, BTEC Extended Certificate in Performing Arts (Dance) and BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in Production Arts.

Course content

These are a few of the topics covered:

  • Investigation of performing arts practitioners’ work.
  • Developing acting skills and techniques for live performance.
  • Group performance. 
  • Acting styles and directing

Entry requirements

Students generally need to obtain 5 GCSEs at grades A*- C (including GCSE English Language at Grade 4) and normally grade A* to B in GCSE Drama or Dance. Students who have not taken a Drama or Dance option need to discuss the course with Mrs Ames prior to application. All students need to have demonstrated a commitment to attending rehearsals and working productively with others.

In addition, students need to have performed well in their GCSEs relative to their targets. Admission to the course is subject to a successful audition.


Each student will complete four units which make up the BTEC Extended Certificate. Each unit is broken down into several different practical tasks. Students will complete each task, making sure they have clear notes and have fulfilled the assessment criteria. The modules are either internally or externally assessed. Although the work and assessment are clearly practically based, students are expected to keep log books of each production. Students must be clearly focussed and dedicated in their note-taking and organisation

Future opportunities

This course provides an excellent foundation for careers in the performing arts or as a foundation for relevant Higher Education courses. The course is the equivalent of two A Levels and carries exactly the same weighting and UCAS points. Past students have gone on to various careers in the performing arts and university courses at a number of different universities.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Lytchett Minster School directly.

Last updated date: 22 February 2017
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