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Performing Arts BTEC First Extended Certificate Level 2 at PETROC

Course description

Here at Petroc, we know how passionately performing arts students feel about their subject. That's why we do all we can to harness that passion in a learning environment that can give you every chance to acquire new skills and explore your full potential.

Course content

Centred on acting and theatre conventions, the course gives you an insight into the professional world of theatre and performance. Working as an ensemble you will cover a variety of performance styles and develop performance techniques such as, use of voice where you will develop projection, articulation and clarity within performance, all discovered and explored through developing monologues for performance.

Furthermore, the course develops rehearsal and performance skills through working in depth on both devising and performing from classical and contemporary play texts. You will spend time focusing on character development, different performance conventions and styles ranging from classical theatre through to more contemporary theatre practitioners. This is developed by working through units such as Acting Skills, Performing Scripted Plays and Performance Context giving you a chance to explore a variety of performance styles.

Alongside this you will develop skills in movement and dance, focusing on physical theatre performance, devising from stimuli to develop a classical text for a contemporary audience as part of exploration of context and developing your movement skills through a practical performance assessment. 

Alongside the vocational session, the performing arts business is covered as a unit to give a wider knowledge of the industry. Covering a variety of roles and responsibilities, it aims to provide knowledge of job opportunities within performing arts, as well as services available, training and qualifications and progression opportunities. This unit allows you to develop knowledge of the industry as a whole, with the aim of giving you the tools to understand employment and training progression routes available to you after the course has been completed.

The course develops an ethos of team work through performance projects ranging from acting, movement and musical theatre productions. You will work as a theatre company to rehearse, perform, administrate and organise your own production under your teacher's guidance using the specialist facilities that Petroc has to offer. With this, you will be involved in all aspects of staging (costume, props and marketing) and will have the opportunity to paint and construct sets and props where appropriate. In some cases, you will also provide light, sound and music for the shows too, alongside performing full-scale productions for live audiences in professional surroundings at Petroc's own fully-equipped theatre and at professional venues in the area. Thus giving you an insight into the performing arts business and production side of the industry, allowing you to develop skills both on and offstage.

Entry requirements

All entrants must hold 4 GCSEs at grade D or equivalent or above, to preferably include GCSE Maths at grade 3 or above and GCSE English Language at grade 3 or above.

Entrants holding a grade 2 or a 3 in GCSE Maths will study towards GCSE Maths to gain grade 4 or above. Those with a grade 1 or below will study Level 1 Functional Skills Maths and retake GCSE Maths in the following year.

Entrants holding a grade 2 or a 3 in GCSE English Language will study towards GCSE English Language to gain grade 4 or above. Those with a grade 1 or below will study the Level 1 Functional Skills English and retake GCSE in the following year. 

At the end of the year all learners are expected to have completed and achieved all the components of their Level 2 Study Programme and achieved a graded improvement in their Maths and English Language studies before being allowed to progress.


The course is primarily assessed through coursework which includes rehearsal, performances, research, written assignments, diary keeping, discussion and evaluation, and performance. All coursework is marked by two lecturers and a sample is verified by an Edexcel examiner. This ensures that all marking is fair and matches Edexcel standards. 

There are two externally assessed units comprising of completing an unseen written task based on your performance specialism and a performance of rehearsed work. These units are assessed by an Edexcel examiner and are timed assessments.

Through the year there is one online exam which you complete for the Performing Arts Business unit. You will cover all aspects of the exam and have revision sessions in preparation for this. 

There will be certain key dates (like performance deadlines) by which you have to complete work, but there are no timed written tests. You will study eight units each of which will be graded Pass, Merit, or Distinction. These are then condensed down to the one grade you will receive at the end of the course.

Future opportunities

On successful completion of this study programme, to a Merit or above, you will be able to progress on to the Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma.

Further information

The College has a theatre, rehearsal rooms and a dance studio.

Q. What sort of shows do you do? 
A. In the last two years we have performed extracts from Blood Brothers, Chicago, Stomp, Ten times Table (Play) and DNA (Play). Also, our students have performed in A Midsummer Night's Dream (Play), The Music Man (Musical), Elf the Musical Jr (Musical) and Made in Dagenham (Musical)

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact PETROC directly.

Last updated date: 17 February 2017

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