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Performing Arts

Performing Arts:
Type of Qualification:
Level 3 BTEC National Extended Certificate
Exam Board:
Grade 6 in Drama or Level 2 Merit in BTEC

Course Content

The three mandatory units focus on:

  • Research – critical analysis and extended writing skills that aim to support students’ progress to higher education. As possible performing arts practitioners, students will gain a good understanding of the work of influential practitioners to inform their own work and practice

(Unit – Investigating Practitioners’ Work)

  • an induction into the performing arts – where students will develop the appropriate skills and techniques in various performance disciplines such as acting, dance, musical theatre and physical theatre

(Unit – Developing Skills and Techniques for Live Performance)

  • Group performance – students will develop the essential psychomotor and affective skills essential for the performing arts. They will develop physical techniques, as well as wider transferable skills such as being able to work collaboratively, personal management and organisation (rehearsals, time management), being able to give and take direction, confidence in front of an audience, problem and team work

(Unit – Group Performance Workshop)

Students select one optional unit to support choices in progression to performing arts and other courses in HE, and also cover acting, dance and musical theatre topics. Examples of the optional units include: classical ballet technique, street dance technique, acting styles, developing the voice for performance, and variety performance.

Will the qualification support progression to further learning, if so, what to?

In addition to the performing arts sector specific content, the requirements of the qualification will mean students develop the transferable and higher order skills that are highly regarded by both HE and employers. It will provide students with transferable knowledge, understanding and broad skills, such as:

  • Communication skills – performing, communicating and presenting ideas to an audience
  • Collaborative skills –with a focus on self-management and teamwork and participation in group performance, which develops collaborative skills and confidence building.


All of the content in the qualification will help prepare learners for further study. The qualification is intended to carry UCAS points and is recognised by HE providers as contributing to meeting admission requirements for many courses if taken alongside other qualifications as part of a two-year programme of learning.

It combines well with a large number of subjects and so will support entry to HE courses in a very wide range of disciplines. Depending on the subjects taken alongside, opportunities include:

  • BA (Hons) in Performing Arts
  • BA (Hons) in Media Studies with Theatre
  • BA (Hons) in Psychology
  • BA (Hons) in English Studies
  • BA (Hons) in Business Studies


Students should always check the entry requirements for degree programmes at specific HE providers.