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BTEC Performing Arts at Garth Hill College

Course description

The Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Performing Arts is a 120-credit and 720-guidedlearning-hour (GLH) qualification that consists of three mandatory units plus optional units that provide for a combined total of 120 credits. This is a qualification equivalent to 2 A Levels.

Introduction to Mandatory units:

  •  Performance Workshops
  •  Performing Arts Business
  •  Performing to an Audience

Course content

While there is an option of over 59 units to chose from, we offer a fill rounded course developing all Performance skills. The options we teach are:

  •  Auditions for Actors
  •  Singing Skills for Actors and Dancers
  •  Developing Movement skills
  •  Classical Theatre Performance
  •  Applying Acting Styles
  •  Theatre For Children
  •  Devising Plays
  •  Musical Theatre
  •  Rehearsal for Performance

This is not a restricted list and alternate options can be entered.
In keeping with the vocational style of the course, all units are taught in a vocational context. Over the two years, the course covers projects such as:

  •  Pantomime Fever
  •  Theatre through the ages
  •  Once Upon a Timeā€¦
  •  Business for Pleasure
  •  Musical Madness

Entry requirements

Students should have attained a C grade for both GCSE English Literature and English Language.
It is not essential to have studied GCSE Drama or Level 2 BTEC Performing Arts. In any case students must have a keen interest in theatre, drama, or the Performing Arts.

  •  Interest in at least one of the Performing Arts
  •  Motivation
  •  Imagination
  •  Creativity
  •  Ability to work independently
  •  Determination
  •  Co-operation
  •  Commitment to the course and additional hours


You will be assessed through completing assignment work in each of the units, which will involve practical projects. There are no written examinations.

Each unit within the qualification has specified assessment and grading criteria which are to be used for grading purposes. A summative unit grade can be awarded at pass, merit or distinction.

Future opportunities

You can progress directly to employment as actors, singers and dancers or as technical support or arts administrators. This course is a recognised qualification for progression to Degree courses in Drama and Theatre, Performing Arts, Communications, Humanities.
Following on from this course, pupils have gone on to become:

  •  Actor
  •  Singer
  •  Dancer
  •  Musical Performer
  •  Drama/ Performing Arts Teacher
  •  Costume and make up designer
  •  Stage Manager
  •  Set designer
  •  Lighting or sound technician

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 27 April 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years


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    • Garth Hill College Sixth Form is open to all students. We aim to provide high quality education in a supportive, friendly environment. We cater for all abilities and offer a wide range of subjects at Level 3 (Advanced Level) and Level 2, as well as courses which are delivered through our partnership with other local providers. Choosing the courses which are right for you is an important decision. We have a highly experienced team of Sixth Form personal tutors who will be able to provide you with expert advice, guidance and support.

      Our results are good and many subjects’ results are among the best nationally.  However, we aim to ensure that all our Sixth Formers are encouraged to develop their personal confidence so that they can work effectively both for themselves and others.  We want to see all our Sixth Formers succeed, not only in their studies, but also as young adults within the College and local community.


      You will be encouraged to show initiative and to develop new skills; to work on your own and in teams; to take advantage of the opportunities which are regularly presented to post-16 students. We value our Sixth Formers and we challenge them to perform to the very best of their abilities. Being a student at Garth Hill College Sixth Form will provide you with a wonderful opportunity to work hard, take up new responsibilities and gain valuable experience and preparation for the next stage of your life.