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Performing Arts BTEC Level 3 at The Oxford Academy

Course description

The Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Performing Arts is a full time course for those who are aspiring to a career in performing arts. You will develop a range of skills and expertise through practical exploration of a number of different disciplines within performing arts with the opportunity to work to your strengths as you progress through the course.

The areas covered include:

  •  Performance Workshop
  •  Production Techniques
  •  Acting Techniques
  •  Dance and Movement
  •  Voice and Singing
  •  Key Skills
  •  Professional Practice
  •  Directing
  •  Devising Theatre

Through these areas and working within the school you will develop your skills in directing, writing, producing, solo performing, publicity and marketing and arts administration. You will have the opportunity to learn from visiting theatre practitioners and to see theatre and film productions.

Course content

There are a number of potential careers leading from a National Diploma in Performing Arts, including:

  •  Acting
  •  Media research
  •  Teaching dance/acting/music,
  •  Working in television and theatre
  •  Publicity and marketing
  •  Stage direction
  •  Arts administration
  •  Set design


Entry requirements

5 A*-D GCSE including English and Maths level 4, grade C in GCSE Drama or Music

Future opportunities

The Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Performing Arts, equivalent UCAS points to 3 A Levels, prepares you for a variety of further study programmes in Performing Arts or dance, music and acting media, TV or film production, entertainment management or events management.

Another course that might interest you is A Level Media Studies.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Oxford Academy directly.

Last updated date: 30 October 2017
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  • Start date: Next September


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