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Acting (Performance) BTEC Foundation / Extended Diploma - Level 3 at Dudley College

Course description

Acting (Performance) BTEC Foundation / Extended Diploma - Level 3

Course content

This course gives you the opportunity to develop your acting skills whilst building your experience of performance. You will improve your vocal and physical technique as well as studying approaches to character and text. Major productions and devised performances throughout the course will allow you to apply the skills and knowledge you gain. The course aims to build your understanding of drama and performance in a range of contexts including: contemporary theatre, community and small-scale touring theatre and theatre-in-education.

Mandatory units:

Investigating practitioner's work

  • Developing skills and techniques for live performance
  • Group performance workshop
  • Performing arts in the community
  • Individual performance commission
  • Final live performance to an audience
  • Employment opportunities in the performing arts.

Optional units:

Theatre directing

  • Writing for performance
  • Screen acting
  • Interpreting classical text for performance
  • Acting styles
  • Developing voice for performance
  • Improvisation
  • Movement in performance
  • Physical theatre techniques
  • Performing with masks
  • Site specific theatre.

Entry requirements

You should have 4 GCSEs at C or above (ideally one should be in English)


First Diploma in Performing Arts at Merit grade.

If you are without the minimum qualifications you may be accepted with appropriate theatre-related background and experience. You will need to attend an audition/interview where you will perform a pre-rehearsed monologue from a published text.


You will be continuously assessed through a range of practical and written assessments. Some units will be externally assessed.

Financial information

There is no need to worry about the costs of coming to college as there is lots of financial help available. Our finance and welfare officers will be able to talk to you about any help that may be available to you based on your individual circumstances.


Examples of financial help are:


Bursary fund


Students aged 16-18 attending a full-time further education course can apply to the 16-18 Bursary Fund for help with college related costs. More information about the 16-18 Bursary Fund can be found at the website: or by contacting our Student Finance team on 01384 363 555.




We will provide a free bus pass to help with travel costs for 16-18* year olds on full-time programmes, based on individual circumstances**. To qualify for a free bus pass***, you must live more than one mile from the campus at which you will be studying and not already be in receipt of other financial support, such as Care to Learn funding.


*Under 19 as at 31 August 2017.


**Students with learning difficulties or disabilities who are unable to access public transport may still be able to receive help – talk to our Student Finance team.


***Evidence of family income will need to be provided.


For advice on help that may be available to you when you start college call our Student Finance team on 01384 363 555

Future opportunities

Specialist drama schools, HND or BA (Hons) Degree in drama, acting or community theatre.

Career options: Actor, arts administrator, teaching, stage management, community artist.


Further information

For further information about Dudley College and the courses on offer, please visit or contact Student Services on 01384 363 363.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 14 February 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years.BTEC National Foundation Diploma – Equivalent to 1.5 A LevelsBTEC National Extended Diploma – Equivalent to 3 A Levels
  • Course code: PPERCB00039
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