Performing Arts BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate

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Course Detail

The BTEC National Extended Certificate in Performing Arts (Acting) is a practical course that supports students wishing to access further study of the Performing Arts at University or enter the world of work in the Arts.

The course is taught through units covering a range of genres, performance skills and techniques. Through studying this course, you will:

  • work independently and as part of a group to explore a variety of texts, theatrical devices and topics;
  • explore contrasting genres and the work of key theatrical practitioners like Stanislavski, Brecht and Artaud;
  • participate in practical workshops to explore a range of rehearsal techniques;
  • prepare performance work for an audience;
  • gain an insight into the business practices of the Performing Industry through practical application.

The BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate is equivalent to 1 A-Level.

How will I be assessed?

This course has both internally and externally assessed components; methods of assessment include presentations, performances and written assignments.

Internally assessed units require students to:

  • write up the findings of their own research
  • use case studies to explore complex or unfamiliar situations
  • carry out projects for which they have choice over the direction and outcomes
  • demonstrate practical and technical skills using appropriate workplace values and practices.

These requirements of the course will be met through a variety of assignments which are assessed though performances and by completing coursework tasks in controlled conditions.

The styles of external assessment used are:

  • set tasks – learners take the assessment during a defined window and demonstrate understanding through completion of a vocational task
  • performance – learners prepare for assessment over an extended window and demonstrate skills that generate some non-written evidence.

Some external assessments include a period of preparation using set information.

Additional Entry Requirements

  • GCSE Drama or Performing Arts at Grade 4 or Merit in BTEC Level 2 Performing Arts
  • GCSE Maths: 4
  • GCSE English: 4

These requirements are in addition to the general entry requirements.

Where can this course take me?

Many of students opt to continue their studies at University. The BTEC Performing Arts can lead to a range of courses including Theatre Studies, Performance Studies, and Community Performance. Some students progress onto Arts Apprenticeships or enter the Performance and Cultural Industries as a member of the workforce.