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Performing Arts BTEC Level 3 Certificate at Heysham High School Sports College

Course description

Students will work as a theatre company in real life scenarios creating pieces of theatre in response to the briefs created from the units chosen. The course is entirely coursework based and pupils must complete the required amount of units over two years depending on the level of qualification they aim to do.

The core unit is Performing to an Audience, which involves students producing a full scale performance to a professional standard.

Some additional units to choose from are:

  • Performance Workshop
  • The Performing Arts Business
  • Rehearsing for Performance
  • Performing to an Audience
  • Devising Plays
  • Theatre in Education
  • Theatre for Children
  • Classical Theatre Performance
  • Contemporary Theatre Performance
  • Acting Auditions
  • Drama Improvisation
  • Film and TV Acting
  • The Practice of Directing Theatre

Entry requirements

Grade C in English Language. If students have not completed a relevant GCSE or BTEC course in Drama or Performing Arts but express a strong interest and commitment and/or have taken part in productions in or out of school, this could be sufficient experience.


To achieve the certificate, students must complete three units and six units for the subsidiary diploma. You are assessed completely through coursework which is externally verified.

Financial information

Folders and other stationery are needed to ensure work is organised.  Students may be expected to contribute to theatre visits. Students must be able to work collaboratively and have good time management. 

Future opportunities

This course provides opportunities to visit performance venues to see productions, to do workshops with professionals and to perform in professional venues using professional equipment. It provides as varied an experience as the students who choose this subject.

You will be working on the skills needed for a career in the industry and will be taught in the style that you will be taught at university, should you choose to follow a performing arts course. The skills developed during this course are widely valued in the workplace, especially confidence, improvisation, finding solutions, team working etc.

Further information

Mrs. T. Winters


How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Heysham High School Sports College directly.

Last updated date: 18 January 2017
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