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Performing Arts (Musical Theatre) Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma at Airedale Academy

Course description

Our two-year vocational BTEC course, with its specialism in Musical Theatre, is primarily practical and has been chosen because it provides excellent preparation for students who want to progress on to Theatre School, universities and, ultimately, to careers in the industry. It is delivered by teachers with a reputation for supporting young people through their qualifications and providing outstanding performance opportunities in professional quality facilities on the Airedale Campus: a three-hundred seat theatre together with three drama and two dance studios. Alongside Airedale’s enthusiastic and dedicated teachers, students will regularly work with visiting artists and theatrical companies.

Course content

Students will study the BTEC Extended Diploma over 2 years.

The course combines practical assignments with the study of a variety of Performing Arts disciplines. You will work on group projects and individual assignments and be encouraged to learn a range of skills and techniques, becoming involved in all aspects from backstage to front-of-house. 

Over the two-year period you will complete a wide range of units these could include: dance, drama and singing, acting technique, voice and speech workshops, choreography, production technology, theatre in education, arts administration and many more.


Entry requirements

5 A*-C GCSE (or equivalent) passes including English and Maths. It may be possible, following discussion at interview, for some students to re-take one or both of these subjects alongside the BTEC qualification. You will have an interview and audition, which includes a self-prepared monologue, dance solo or workshop, and a prepared song. You will also need to be able to demonstrate experience in one or more of the art forms (drama, dance and singing).



The majority of this course is contunually assessed over 2 years through practical and written assignments.  Some units will be externally assesed.

Financial information

What will it cost?

You may have to pay for certain texts and scripts, comfortable attire including branded course kit, theatre trips and contribute to any residential opportunities you wish to take part in but we will supply other necessary materials.

Financial Support

Some support is available for students facing financial difficulties. A guaranteed bursary of £1200 per year is available for young people in care, care leavers and those students on income support. Subject to funding levels, students who are entitled to Free School Meals or fit the school's bursary criteria, may also be able to access some funding to support expenses related to their course. For more details, please speak to the Head of Sixth Form.


Future opportunities

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diplomas are valued by employers and higher education providers and can lead to careers in performance, music entertainment, directing, choreographing or teaching. After completing the course, you could go to university or college to take a degree or a BTEC Higher National Diploma in subjects such as music performance, musical theatre, performing arts, dance, drama or production design.

Over the last 2 years, following our fabulous results,  our Year 13's have gone on to a variety of HE providers, including a range of Universities and Theatre schools. Our students have also been seen performing in programmes such as Emmerdale, Victoria and Coronation Street, as well as in the movie Les Miserables.  They are encouraged to audition and perform on a regular basis both in Sixth Form and external productions.

Most of  our Year 12 students are also currently studying the Progression Module through Leeds Metropolitan University. This qualification guides students through careers and HE applications and attracts UCAS points which can be used towards entry to selected Universities.



Further information

We provide a range of opportunities for our Performing Arts students to develop skills which will enhance their employability in the sector. All students on the course are members of 'The Cast' which, as well as performance, provides opportunities to work in a public theatre on a regular (sometimes paid) basis, learning additional roles such as sound, lighting, stage management and front of house. We also offer The Cast the opportunity to teach at our junior theatre school, Phoenix PA, gaining them valuable teaching experience and providing the opportunity to earn a small weekly wage.

In recent years our extracurricular excursions have included:-

• A week in New York working with a Broadway choreographer/director.

• A week in Disneyland, Paris, working and performing with the theme park entertainment staff.

• Theatre trips to see new and established musicals/plays and entertainment shows.

. 2 day London trip to see Les Miserables and Miss Saigon and take part in workshops with the Les Mis cast. 

• UCAS conferences/road shows to discover the pathways available to you on completion of the course.

Examples of a typical year’s performance calendar are:

• A schools promotional tour

• 4 seasonal 'Kabaret' shows (e.g. Rock Kabaret, Best of British, Kabaret du Karnival, Kaberet Noel)

• A 6th form musical (e.g. A Chorus Line, Fame, Our House, Les Miserables, Billy Elliott, Miss Saigon)

• A whole school musical (i.e. We will Rock You, A Christmas Carol, Wizard of Oz)

• A Theatre in Education tour with performance and workshops.

• Promotional/Educational DVD work for public services industries (i.e drink/driving campaign/ CSE)

• Multiple performances when requested by local organisations (i.e. schools, businesses, public services)

Our pastoral system is very strong at Airedale.  When surveyed 98% of year 13 students said that they felt well supported and guided in their progress into careers, HE or an apprenticeship.



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: 04 October 2017
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