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BTEC Extended Certificate, Diploma or Extended Diploma

Performing Arts

What is Performing Arts?

The BTEC Performing Arts course will introduce you to a broad range of theatrical styles and approaches to acting and performing. It will enrich your ability to develop and embody roles from published plays and screenplays. You will also work in groups to create your own performance material and develop your improvisation skills through practical workshops.

What Will You Study?

If you take the Extended Diploma, you will study 13 units and eight units for the Diploma. You will take the Principles of Acting, Applying Acting Styles and Contemporary Theatre Performance units, looking at the ideas of key theatrical practitioners, directors and acting coaches.

Performing to an Audience requires you to perform a role in a large scale production. You will develop your acting for camera techniques and produce short films for the Film and TV Acting unit.

Movement in Performance will allow you to experiment with a range of different source material as well as developing your communication skills through working in groups. Dance Performance, Jazz Dance and Applying Contemporary Dance Technique are all designed to increase your technical and performance skills.

Performance Workshop gives you the opportunity to experiment with a range of ideas creatively, using both acting and dancing skills as well as performing material from existing repertoire such as scripted plays, films or dance routines from professional productions.

If you choose the Extended Diploma, you will study all of the above as well as the core unit Historical Context and additional units such as Theatre for Children and Variety Performance.

What Next?

Many of our students’ progress to study at conservatoires and drama schools, such as Trinity Laban, LIPA, Mountview or Guildford School of Music and Drama. Others study Performing Arts related degree courses or degrees combining Performing Arts with another subject.

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Entry Requirements:

At least five 4s at GCSE, including at least a grade 4 in GCSE English Language or Maths.

Course Type:

BTEC Extended Diploma, BTEC Diploma, BTEC Extended Certificate Specialising in Performing Arts (Dance) and BTEC Extended Certificate Specialising in Performing Arts (Musical Theatre)

What other subjects go well with this subject?

Film Studies, Media Studies, Art, English Literature, English Language, Dance, Music.

Did you know?

Ancient Greek audiences stamped their feet rather than clapping their hands to applaud.


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