Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Performing Arts


2 years

Entry Requirements

To be considered for this course, as a minimum you will need 5 GCSE’s, or equivalent at 4/C grade and above. Preferably this will include English and Maths, although pathways are available to those that just miss out on a 4/C Grade 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, Drama School, Dance Adaemies and Conservatoires.
  • GCSE English and/or Maths ‐ For those who just miss out on a 4/C grade in English and/or Mathematics, we provide tuition to retake these all important qualifications. Essential for those that want to move on to University or vocational Drama school.
  • Functional skills level 2 in English and/or Maths – For those that missed out on GCSE English and/or Mathematics, functional skills may be the best route for progression.

The curriculum

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

Mandatory units:

  • Investigating Practitioners' 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 units are customised to your individual pathway but can include:

  • Theatre Directing
  • Screen Acting
  • Acting Styles
  • Improvisation
  • Singing techniques for Performance
  • Musical Theatre Performance
  • Jazz / Tap / Street Dance
  • Physical Theatre Techniques
  • Contemporary Dance Technique 

Please go to the campus of choice to see which pathways are available and each campus's selection process.



School Leavers 16+

Course Type

Full time

Course duration

Two years

Start date



Free (16-18 year olds)

Funding advice

Free - no funding available

Entry requirements

Level 3 - 5 GCSE’s 9 - 4

Course progression

Access to higher education HNC Level 4 & HND Level 5

Access to further/higher education, Apprenticeships or full time employment

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Where you can study

You can study this course at the following locations:

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