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Drama and Theatre Studies

Subject Description

What is Performing Arts?

Got the itch to perform? Thinking of a career in the Creative Industries? Then these are the courses for you. You will gain a deep understanding of how theatre and the performing arts are made and how they provide a rich vein of entertainment for people. You will gain the skills, techniques and knowledge to become an outstanding performer and take part in numerous shows for a wide range of audiences. We are unique in offering a suite of courses that can be studied alongside A levels or other BTEC qualifications.



Equivalent to one A Level:

A practical and hands on qualification. You would study 4 units over 2 years:

Investigating Practitioner’s Work: You will investigate the work of Performing Arts practitioners and develop critical analysis skills and contextual understanding of how practitioners communicate themes in their work.

Developing Skills and Techniques for Live Performance: You will explore technical performance skills with a focus on developing skills and techniques in at least two performance styles.

Group Performance Workshop: You explore and integrate creative, physical and vocal skills and techniques, working collaboratively to create a performance in response to a given stimulus.

Acting Styles: You will develop acting methods by exploring different acting styles. You will apply techniques to the development, rehearsal and performance of your practical work.


Equivalent to 2 A Levels:

A practical and hands on qualification that broadens your knowledge and understanding of Drama and Theatre practice. Alongside the 4 units that make up The Extended Certificate you would study a further 4 units over 2 years.

Performing Arts in the Community: You will develop their knowledge and understanding of performing in the community, applying specialist skills and techniques to a community performance project.

Individual Performance Commission: Understand the nature and purpose of commission work, responding individually to a specific commission brief by applying their performance skills.

Final Live Performance to an Audience: This unit covers the practical exploration and application of specialist skills and techniques through the development and rehearsal of a final live performance to an audience.

Movement in Performance: You will develop the movement skills that can be used in a performance through practical application.

Assessment. There is a mixture of tutor led and external assessment, with assignments set by the examination board on both of the BTEC qualifications and a written exam at the end of the course.

What Subjects go with Performing Arts?

Performing Arts courses combine well with most subjects and provide a strong route to any Drama or Performance related degree.

Where does it lead?

These are nationally recognised qualifications which can help you gain a place at university or enter into the workplace. In addition to the performing arts sector-specific content, these qualifications provide learners with opportunities to develop all-round performance skills and transferable skills such as self-confidence, self-presentation, personal discipline, time management and organisational skills which are highly regarded by higher education and employers.


We offer a unique combination of Courses at Level 3 that can be studied alongside A Levels or other BTEC qualifications.

BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate in Performing Arts – equivalent to 1 A Level

BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Performing Arts – equivalent to 2 A Level.


Exam Board:


What do I need?:

Grade 4 English, Grade 4 Maths.

There is no requirement to have studied Drama or Performing Arts at GCSE, but you would have to have a genuine interest in theatre and performance. You will be expected to prepare a short 2 minute audition piece of your choice to present at your interview.
Grade 5 English, Grade 5 GCSE Drama or Merit BTEC Level 2 Performing Arts


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