Four performing arts students in a drama studio acting and posing


Course Duration
2 Years

Entry Criteria
Grade 4 in English (language or literature)

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Why study Level 3 Performing Arts?

What will I study during the course duration?

BTEC Performing Arts is equivalent in size to one A Level. It consists of 4 units, of which 3 are mandatory and 2 are external. External assessment will form 58% of your final mark. The Extended Certificate is for learners who are interested in learning about the performing arts sector alongside other fields of study, with a view to progressing to a wide range of higher education courses, not necessarily in performing arts. It is designed to be taken as part of a programme of study that includes other appropriate BTEC Nationals or A Levels.

  • Unit 1: Investigating Practitioners; This unit focuses on developing critical analysis skills. It gives learners the opportunity to undertake research into influential practitioners, relevant to their interests, whose performance work and ideas may engage and inspire them.
  • Unit 2: Developing skills and techniques for live performance;  In this unit you will gain understanding of the nature of work as a performer and through practical training, explorations, workshops and assessments, you will develop essential physical, vocal and creative skills to be able to realise performance material in different styles.
  • Unit 3: Group Performance Workshop; The emphasis of the unit is on exploration and development of original performance material and the selection and application of appropriate performance skills. Learners will devote much of the unit therefore to experimenting with devising and/or choreographic methods, and using discussion, improvisation, staging and compositional techniques to put together a short performance.
  • Unit 4: Unit four is an optional unit that will be selected to meet the strengths of the group, and the subject that students have a keen interest in developing.

Career opportunities and Future study

  • Performer
  • Director/ Choreographer/ Composer
  • Arts Admin Assistant/Manager
  • Teacher/ Lecturer
  • Dance Therapist
  • Theatre Company
  • Musical Theatre Dancer
  • Actor
  • Singer
  • West-End Performer
  • Sound/Lighting Technician
  • Theatre Critic
  • Theatre Designer
  • Stage Crew