Performing Arts BTEC

Entry Requirements

Minimum Grade 4 GCSE in English. Previous experience in Performance is essential.

Who is it for?

This course is for learners who are interested in learning about the Performing Arts, with a view to progressing to a wide range of higher education courses, not necessarily in Performing Arts. The course is for people who like to:

  • Study established performance
  • Investigate other practitioners
  • Understand how to direct a performance
  • Develop their performance skills
  • Watch live theatre performances
  • Evaluate and analyse performance
  • Devise your own performances
  • Working as part of a group
  • Research

Course Structure

The course consist of 4 units of which three are mandatory and one optional. The units are as follows:

  • Unit 1 – Investigating Practitioners Work – 90 GLH – Mandatory (Externally Assessed)Students practically & theoretically explore a range of juxtaposing practitioners, in preparation for an externally assessed written exam exploring the students rationale behind theatre making in the style of key practitioners.
  • Unit 2 – Developing Skills & Techniques for Performance – 90 GLH – Mandatory (Internally Assessed)Students will work in a range of contexts to develop skills & techniques in preparation for live performance in the style of the practitioners explored. Students will be assessed through the medium of report writing, performance (rehearsal/ finale performance) & a reflective rehearsal log.
  • Unit 3 – Group Performance Workshop – 120 GLH – Mandatory/ Synoptic (Externally Assessed) Students will create work in response to a stimuli (set task) provided by Pearson. Students will engage both theoretical through the medium of documented reflective milestones, as well as practical group performance.
  • Unit 19 – Acting Styles – 60 GLH – Optional (Internally Assessed) Students will practically and theoretically explore different acting styles before they begin creating their own performance in a particular style. Students will reflect throughout the process by engaging with theory to show their understanding of the key acting style and the impact in performance.

University Pathways

This qualification compliments many degree choices, such as: Drama, Performance, Acting and Dance.

Apprenticeship Pathways

There are a variety of apprenticeships in the Performing Arts industry which are popular and competitive. A BTEC in Performing Arts will help you succeed and give you the required skills needed with this pathway choice.

Career Opportunities

Some of the careers that are directly associated with performance are: Actor/Actress, Stage Manager, Arts Administrator, Drama/Dance Teacher, Drama Therapist, Television Production, Radio Presenter.

Other careers where these skills would be transferable are: Youth and Community Worker, Social Worker, Journalist and Management