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Performing Arts (BTEC) Level 3 National Diploma at Rivington and Blackrod High School and Sixth Form

Course description

Students will explore three disciplines; drama, music and dance. The course will give many chances to perform, devise and direct in each area. Your knowledge and understanding of the industry will also develop through the exploration and analysis of the performing arts business and through work experience.

Course content

The course is very rewarding, but hard work! Along with classwork, students are expected to put in additional time for rehearsals and performances outside of school hours. In order for lessons to be almost entirely practical, written work needs to be completed in study periods and at home. We expect Performing Arts students to complete at least 6 hours of independent work outside of lesson time, in addition to watching and taking part in performances.

Entry requirements

5 GCSE's Grade 4 or above. In addition, an aptitude for Performance Art


Assessment is coursework and portfolio based.

The Performing Arts (BTEC) Level 3 National Diploma is the equivalent of 2 A Levels.

Future opportunities

If you wanted to go into employment straight away you could work in the theatre, advertising, project management, entertainment, performance support or workshop leadership and support.

If you decide to go to university or college you could take a degree in Drama, Theatre Studies, Acting or Performing Arts. We will also help students prepare for Drama school auditions if they wish. The qualification would be likely to be appreciated in any job or arena where you have to communicate regularly with other people, particularly in stressful situations such as the police, working in law or the sales market.

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: 03 October 2017
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    • Sixth Form
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