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Performing Arts (Acting) BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma at South Downs College

Course description

This course is a practical training for those seeking to prepare for a career in acting.

The course aims to develop each individual student's talent, extending existing skills to prepare you for a career in a variety of media, including theatre, screen and radio.

The course is performance driven so you can expect to work in a number of different styles and disciplines from devised work to scripted material both classical and contemporary.

You will undertake technical classes in acting, devising, voice, movement and singing, as well as textual and historical analysis.

Performance platforms include live and recorded arts; acting for the stage, screen and radio.


Course content

You will be involved in devised and scripted drama ranging from the varied realm of Contemporary theatre, to Classical texts from the Elizabethan and Restoration periods.

In addition to this you will be introduced to the skills and techniques in acting for the camera, creating short films which will be screened before a public audience.


Entry requirements

You will need to have:

  • – Five GCSEs at grade C (including English Language)
  • – Successful completion of an audition

Experience is not necessary but enthusiasm and interest in the Performing Arts is essential.



The course is continually assessed using grade-related criteria. Each unit is individually assessed and is awarded a grade ranging from Pass to Merit to Distinction.

Much of the written evidence, to support your performance work, is in the form of an online blog which you will update to document your development and research.

Other evidence may include presentations, essays and portfolios.

Future opportunities

Many students following this course continue their studies at university, however some students prefer to study at an accredited drama school.

In recent years our students have gained places at LAMDA, RADA, Mountview and East 15, and many ex-students are working in the industry.

Further information

You will be expected to take part in public performances and support the College’s professional performance reputation.

You should allow at least 8-10 hours per week for study outside of class time to complete coursework and research.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact South Downs College directly.

Last updated date: 09 May 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September