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Performing Arts Pathway Dance/Drama - BTEC Extended Diploma Level 3 at Herne Bay High School

Course description

The BTEC Extended Diploma in Performing Arts aims to provide students with key knowledge and understanding of Dance and Drama in the Performing Arts industry. It develops career opportunities as well as access to further or higher education courses. The course focuses mainly on performance skills and practical work. All students will investigate and experience the skills required to present and perform in productions. Close links with the professional theatre and dancers are an integral part of the course.

This is the more extended version of BTEC PA and will suit students who wish to follow a pathway of Performing Arts into Higher and Further Education.

This is a FULL TIME PATHWAY COURSE and will fill your timetable.

Pathways can be followed in a combination of Dance and Drama.



Entry requirements

2 Year Course - Normally 5 GCSE grades in the range of 9- 4, including Drama or Expressive Arts. Maths and English (Minimum grade 4). Students are encouraged to take part in the School productions.


There are 18 units with 5 mandatory and 13 optional.

Mandatory Units:

Performance Workshop, Performance Arts Business, Historical Context of Performance, Rehearsing for Performance,Performance to an Audience

Optional Units:

International Dance Variety Performance

Site Specific Performance Healthy Dancer

Contemporary Dance Technique Theatre Directing

Movement in Performance Physical Theatre Techniques

Jazz Dance Storytelling

Improvisation Musical Theatre Techniques


Future opportunities

The course is for students who are interested in a career in Dance/Acting or the Performing Arts. It is very useful for students wishing to work in a variety of performing arts related jobs as well as in the service industries.

Further information

To continue studies into Year 13 students will need to achieve the required threshold in the end of year assessments along with Head of Department approval.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 17 October 2018
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    • Contact name:
    • Miss C Challis/Mrs O’Neill/Mrs Del Nero Williams
    • Contact telephone number:
    • 01227 361221
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    • Herne Bay High is a highly successful, innovative school that prides itself on its culture of high expectations and traditional values, particularly relating to respect, discipline and behaviour. We are passionate about supporting every child to achieve their full academic potential, whilst developing our students into responsible, mature and confident young people.

      The curriculum will be the principal means whereby students’ entitlement to a broad and relevant education can be fulfilled. Statutory requirements , including those relating to the National Curriculum, will be observed and implemented; the School will strive to provide all our students with a challenging and engaging educational experience tailored to their abilities and interests at KS3 and a personalised KS4 and sixth form experience. Our focus is to equip our students with the requisite skills and knowledge to flourish in our rapidly changing world.

      The School is not only an educational community of adults and young people but also an important part of the local community. The awareness of students to both of these features will be encouraged; the ethos of the School will be directed to this end.

      Herne Bay High will strive for excellence and high quality provision in all aspects of the curriculum, students learning, progress and development. Young people need to complete their period of schooling with high self-esteem, confidence, wider horizons and a range of appropriate qualifications, skills and personal attributes.

      Little of this can be achieved by students without hard work, the desire to learn, enjoyment, care for one another and creative, co-operative endeavour; this the School aims to achieve with all members of the School community.