Performing Arts BTEC Level 3

Why study BTEC extended diploma in performing arts?

On this course, you will learn about all aspects of the performing arts, becoming part of TGAW theatre company. In addition to developing your practical skills through a range of workshops and performances, you will attend lectures, undertake research and spend time reflecting on your activities.

This course is ideal for anyone who is passionate about a career in the performing arts and provides the opportunity for further study at university or drama school.

The course will give learners the opportunity to study and develop the skills and disciplines they need in order to perform on stage or screen. Students will explore a range of styles and techniques including:

  • Classical theatre
  • Contemporary theatre
  • Musical theatre

What will I be learning about?

Mandatory Units:

  • Developing Skills and Techniques for Live Performance
  • Investigating Practitioners’ Work
  • Group Performance Workshop
  • Performing Arts in the community
  • Individual performance commission
  • Final live performance to an audience

Optional Units:

  • Interpreting Classical Text for


  • Acting styles
  • Singing techniques for performers
  • Developing the voice for performance
  • Movement in performance
  • Musical theatre techniques
  • Variety performance
  • Physical theatre techniques

How will I be assessed?

There are three main forms of assessment for this qualification: external, internal and synoptic. External: Set tasks – learners take the assessment during a defined window and demonstrate understanding through completion of a vocational task performance – learners prepare for assessment over an extended window and demonstrate skills that generate some non-written evidence. Internal: Most units in the sector are internally assessed

Synoptic: You demonstrate you can identify and use effectively, an appropriate selection of skills, techniques, concepts, theories and knowledge from across the whole sector. Synoptic units may be internally or externally assessed. There is no written exam, this qualification is equivilant to two A-levels.

Where will this lead?

The BTEC extended diploma in performing arts delivers transferable knowledge and skills that prepare learners for progression to university or Drama school, Acting, Musical Theatre or Performing Arts. Other possible areas at university might be media, journalism, events management, technical theatre or education (teaching). The transferable skills that universities value include:

  • The ability to learn independently
  • The ability to research actively and methodically
  • Being able to give presentations and being active group members.

Learners can develop the knowledge and skills required for particular degree courses, including reading texts, extended writing, analytical skills, creative development, communication skills, collaborative skills, independence, preparation for assessment methods used in degrees.

What are the entry requirements?

Five grade 9-4 at GCSE or equivalent levels including maths and English