Four performing arts students in a drama studio acting and posing


Course Duration
2 Years

Entry Criteria
Level 2 Merit or above in BTEC Dance, BTEC Drama or BTEC Music
Grade 4 or above in GCSE Dance, GCSE Drama or GCSE Music

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Why study Level 3 Performing Arts?

What will I study during the course duration?

  • Unit 1 – Investigating Practitioners’ Work (Music) (Externally Assessed)
    Understanding our modern composers, who they are, how they work, their style, influences, how they compose. Analysing  live performances of the composer’s work will be essential for this unit.
  • Unit 2 – Developing Skills for Live Performance (Dance) (Internally Assessed)
    Understanding your role as a dancer and becoming a professional dancer through the recreation of existing material.
  • Unit 3 – Group Performance Workshop (Dance, Music and Drama) (Externally Assessed)
    Exploring  and integrating creative, physical and expressive skills whilst expanding on techniques working collaboratively to create a performance in response to a given stimulus.
  • Unit 19 – Acting Styles (Drama) (Internally Assessed)
    Through a thorough, nurturing and creative environment you will have a rigorous rehearsal schedule where you will explore different practitioners and genres. This will result in numerous live performances in and outside of school.

How will I be assessed?

Unit 1: Investigating Practitioners’ work (60 marks):
  • Task set and marked by Pearson consisting of Part A and Part B.
  • Four weeks prior to the supervised assessment period, learners will be provided with Part A for a four week term time period in order to carry out Investigation and critical analysis.
  • Part B will be completed in three hours on a date timetabled by Pearson.

Unit 3: Group Performance Workshop (60 marks):

  • Task set and marked by Pearson and completed under supervised conditions.
  • Learners will be provided with the set task booklet in January in order to prepare for the development and completion of the group performance and their digital process log.
  • The final evidence will be completed in 5 hours under supervised conditions in a number of sessions arranged by the centre within the period limetabled by Pearson

Internal Assessments Unit 2 and Unit 19: 

  • PowerPoint Presentation 
  • Reflective Skills Log
  • Performance 
  • Evaluation

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