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Performing Arts BTEC Extended Diploma at Portsmouth College

Course description

This multi- discipline course will enable you to develop and extend all of your performance skills.  All students follow an intensive acting course, along with modules on developing your dance and singing skills.  The course is an excellent vocational introduction to the experience of work in the performing arts sector.  Opportunities include a Theatre in Education tour of local secondary schools and a five-show performance as a member of the ensemble in the college musical.

Course content

The core unit is called Performing to an Audience through which you study, devise and prepare your First Major Production (FMP1) in June of the first year

In addition you will study specialist dance, drama and music units in:

  • The Principles of Acting
  • Developing Movement Skills
  • Singing Skills for Actors and Dancers
  • The Performing Arts Business
  • Dance Performance

Most students then go on to the second year to achieve either a Diploma or an Extended Diploma qualification.  The second year involves six further core units

  • Musical Theatre Performance
  • The Historical Context of Performance
  • Contemporary Theatre Performance
  • Performance Workshop
  • Voice for the Actor

Entry requirements

Five GCSEs at grades A*-C, one of which would normally be English Language. If you wish to include a Level 2 BTEC or OCR National qualification as part of this entry requirement you will need to have achieved a Merit grade or higher.


Assessment is through practical performance examinations and coursework tasks.

Further information

Join our very successful Rock Challenge team and/or run the front-of-house or stage management for one of the numerous shows we put on every year.  Performing Arts students contribute at least one piece to our Community Dance Showcase.  You will extend your understanding of the performing arts by joining our frequent trips to theatres and workshops with visiting actors and dance companies.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 21 July 2016