BTEC Performing Arts

Why should I study this subject?

Performing arts is a dynamic and exciting course that prepares students for performance and beyond. The course allows students to create, understand and perform drama, dance and music in a challenging way. Throughout the course students will study many different performing arts genres including physical theatre, Film and TV acting, and musical theatre.

This uniquely delivered programme is designed for those interested in continuing their study of performing arts in higher education and those who want a career within the performing arts industry. This vocational course has a huge emphasis on practical work and students will be expected to be involved in many public performances and extra-curricular activities. students will relish the opportunity to develop their creativity and performance throughout the two years.

What will I study?

Core units will include:

Investigating practitioners work
Developing skills
Group performance workshop
Performing arts in the community
Individual performance commission
Final live performance to an audience
Employment opportunities

Additional units may include:

Variety performance Principles of acting
Applying acting styles
Developing physical theatre
Applying physical theatre
Movement in performance
Developing movement skills
Voice and the actor
Developing voice for the actor
Devising plays
Contemporary theatre performance
Musical theatre performance

What are the entry requirements?

Click here to see the subject specific entry requirements

What skills do I need?

  • Good acting ability, movement skills and communication skills
  • A good standard of English
  • The ability to work collaboratively
  • The ability to lead when necessary
  • The ability to work hard under pressure


How will I be taught?

  • Tutorial-type teaching
  • Practical work in small groups or individually
  • Master classes
  • Workshops
  • Performances


How will I be assessed?

Assessment is through performance and written coursework. In addition to your teacher, the College will be allocated an external verifier who will assess your work. During performance units, students will be required to rehearse in groups outside lesson time.

What will the course prepare me for?

Performing Arts students can go on to do a variety of things. Some go on to study Performing Arts at specialist schools, colleges and universities. Many go into the performing arts industry. Others have gone on to a whole host of other courses, ranging from Psychology to IT, to English to Art/Fashion, to Mathematics.

How much private study should I expect to do?

As an approximate guideline BTEC Extended Diploma in Performing Arts requires six-eight hours per week of additional study, but much of this is rehearsing.

What materials will I need to purchase?

You will be expected to attend the theatre visits and there is the opportunity to go on a residential trip abroad and to London.

What is the exam board?


This subject is for you if…
you are energetic, creative, disciplined and enjoy coursework.

This subject is not for you if…
you don’t like practical independent work and have no interest in the visual arts.

“My confidence has grown so much and I’ve learnt many new styles of acting. I can’t recommend this course highly enough!”
Katie Marchant, De Lacy Academy