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Performing Arts BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate at Thurston Community College

Course description

The BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate is equivalent to an A Level, and is a 360-guided-learning-hour (GLH) qualification that consists of three mandatory units plus 1 optional unit, which will be completed over 2 years. The Curriculum focuses intensively on the Performing Arts disciplines of dance, drama and musical theatre, dependent on the pathway that you choose. The course is designed to be adaptable to students’ interests, abilities and aspirations. It consists of three compulsory core units plus a choice of specialist units and is an introduction to the Performing Arts sector with emphasis on core knowledge and fundamental, transferable skills.

Course content

Compulsory Units

Developing Skills and Techniques for Live Performance 90 GLH: throughout the BTEC students will be working on developing their skills and learning techniques for live performance.

Investigating Practitioners’ Work 90 GLH: six weeks prior to the supervised assessment period, learners will be provided with the set task booklet for a six week term time period in order to carry out investigation and critical analysis. The set task will be completed in three hours within the three day assessment period.

Group Performance Workshop. 120 GLH: Learners will be provided with the set task booklet in January in order to prepare for the development and completion of the group performance and their digital process log. The final evidence will be completed in 5 hours under supervised conditions in a number of sessions arranged by the centre.

Optional Units (examples)
- Classical Ballet Technique 60 GLH
- Tap Dance Technique 60 GLH
- Jazz Dance Technique 60 GLH
- Variety Performance
-Musical Theatre performance

Entry requirements

Grade C or equivalent in a Performing Arts subject, Grade C Mathematics and English Literature or Language.

Other relevant performing experience may well be considered.


Assessment will be a combination of documenting progress over a period of time and live performance in exam settings. There are four grading domains:

- Application of knowledge and understanding
- Development of practical and technical skills
- Personal development for occupational roles
- Application of generic skills.

Future opportunities

The courses vocational content will help you to stand out from the crowd in a competitive yet rewarding industry. Many other businesses are now seeing the value that arts training can bring to their employees in terms of leadership development. The BTEC Extended Certificate in Performing Arts could lead to practical courses in acting, dancing or musical theatre at theatre Schools, or technical degrees or apprenticeships. Academic or applied degrees in the arts also recognise and value the BTEC.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Thurston Community College directly.

Last updated date: 29 March 2017
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