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Performing Arts Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma at Richard Taunton Sixth Form College

Course description

This is a two-year vocational course equivalent to three A levels for students with a particular interest in and commitment to the performing arts. The course involves a combination of practical and written work covering the skills involved in acting, dancing and singing. There will be continuous coursework-based and practical assessments throughout the course and will include an end of year production.



Course content

During the two years you will study five core units:

  • The Historical Context of Performance
  • Performing Arts Business
  • Rehearsing for Performance
  • Performing for Audience
  • Performance Workshop

You will also study a further thirteen units including:

  • Devising Plays
  • Contemporary Theatre Performance
  • Acting Auditions
  • Principles of Acting
  • Musical Theatre Performance
  • Developing Movement Skills
  • Dance Appreciation
  • Dance Performance
  • The Healthy Performer
  • Developing Contemporary Dance
  • Singing skills for Actors and Dancers
  • Healthy Performer
  • Applying Physical Theatre


Entry requirements

  • At least five GCSEs at grade C or above (to include English Language)
  • A willingness to work as part of a team and contribute to group work
  • An absolute commitment to performing and rehearsing

Future opportunities

Many students choose to progress in the performing arts and have accepted places at prestigious institutions such as Urdang and Bird (both specialist dance schools).

Further information

Good practical skills and a willingness to work with others are essential for this project-based course, together with a commitment to produce written work and evaluations when required. Students must be prepared to devise and rehearse during extra-curricular hours alongside their normal lessons.

Performing Arts students from Richard Taunton Sixth Form College experience a rich variety of opportunities, from West End workshops to performing in large-scale productions. In recent years, students have put on Little Shop of Horrors and Hairspray in professional theatres.

This qualification can combine with another A-Level in any of the discrete specialist areas of Dance, Drama and Music (or any other A-Level) for progression into the world of the performing arts or on to university.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Richard Taunton Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 31 October 2016

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