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Performing Arts BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate

Subject Area: Visual & Performing Arts
Level: BTEC Level 3 Extended Cert.
Exam Board: Edexcel/Pearson
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What do I need to study this course?

A significant level of performance experience is required as well as grade 4 in GCSE English. It is not a requirement to have studied performing arts at GCSE but if you have, a grade 4 or merit in an intermediate/level 2 course is expected. You must be able to evidence at interview that you have significant performance experience e.g. letter of recommendation from a youth theatre or your school. Please speak to us at enrolment or contact the department if you have any queries about your suitability for this course.

What will I study?

Performing arts is a very practical subject which focusses on the development of the actor’s body, voice and mind.

Your experience on the course will show you what life would be like as a professional actor and how you would approach rehearsals and performance in terms of your creative responsibilities. You will have the opportunity to experience techniques in character development, physical theatre, play reading, and engaging and communicating an intention to an audience using your physical and vocal skills.


You will experience a wide range of specialist exercises and techniques designed to develop your physical and vocal skills. You will be taught how to interpret a character from a text and use your imagination to bring that character to life, using techniques developed by Stanislavski, Polly Teale and Max Stafford-Clark. You will also learn how to approach a text using contemporary physical theatre techniques developed by Frantic Assembly and DV8. Finally, you will write a research investigation into the work of two theatre practitioners, analysing how they would develop a given theme using the stylistic features of their performance work.


You will learn how to create your own piece of original performance work from a commission. You will investigate contemporary styles of theatre and select one style to adopt as you experiment with ideas, develop performance material, and script your work before performing to an audience. We will build on the work you have done in the first year and extend further your knowledge and experience of acting styles.  Further study unit options will allow you to explore and develop skills in improvisation, movement, voice production and classical theatre texts.

This course is equivalent to one A level.

What next?

This acting course is designed to give you a foundation to prepare for a career in performing, with a specialist focus on developing your skillset for further acting training at university or accredited drama school. All assessments are designed to be vocational, which means your lessons are taught in such a way as to show you how you’d work professionally as an actor.