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BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Performing Arts

A groundbreaking opportunity to develop your passion for the Performing Arts. With insight into all aspects of the performing arts industry through this unique theatre setting, you’ll benefit from focussed, attentive teaching and make connections with industry professionals, opening doors to your future.



2 years

Entry Requirements

To be considered for this course, as a minimum you will need 5 GCSE’s, or equivalent at C grade and above. Preferably this will include English and Maths, although pathways are available to those that just miss out on a Grade 4 in these core subjects.

Recognised qualifications

  • BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Performing Arts – worth up to 3 A Levels, and will facilitate an entrance into University or vocational Drama School.
  • Functional skills Level 2 – Essential progression if you did not manage to attain a grade 4 in English or Maths.

The curriculum

The BTEC National Extended Diploma is made up of 13 units, including:

  • Mandatory units:
    • Investigating Practitioner’s Work
    • Developing Skills and Techniques for Live Performance
    • Group Performance Workshop
    • Performing Arts in the Community
    • Individual Performance Commission
    • Final Live Performance for an Audience
    • Employment Opportunities in the Performing Arts
  • Optional unit include:
    • Theatre Directing
    • Screen Acting
    • Acting Styles
    • Improvisation
    • Singing techniques for Performance
    • Musical Theatre Performance
    • Variety Performance

Where you can study

You can study this course at the following locations:
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Start Date
September 2017

Course Type

Course Duration
2 Years

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BTEC Level 3 National in Performing Arts

16-18 Free

Entry Requirements
5 GCSE’s A*– C

Course progression
Access to higher education, including University, Vocational Drama School and Higher Apprenticeships

Career Opportunities
Performer, Community Theatre, Arts Administration, Teaching, Theatre Technician, Stage Management, Production Arts.

Further Information
Course enquiry line
01753 362248