In addition to the performing arts sector-specific content, this qualification provides learners with the opportunity 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. Other skills essential for further study include research, independent learning, extended writing, sourcing, evaluating information and drawing conclusions which are covered in the Investigating Practitioners’ Work unit.


Specific requirements

Four 9-5 grades at GCSE with a minimum of a numerical grade 4 in English Language and Literature although a grade 5 is recommended. 1 performing arts GCSE subject.


What will I study?


This BTEC is a stimulating and varied programme of study which is accessed in the main through practical work.  At the end of the two years students will have a qualification which is equivalent to two A levels.  We believe this course will expose students to a fulfilling combination of practical and theoretical work.  Over the two years students will have classes in the three main disciplines of theatre: acting, singing and movement.

Core 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 to an audience
  • Employment opportunities in the Performing Arts

Students would specialise in their chosen field of dance or drama to explore the core units.


Learners are assessed using a variety of styles to help them develop a broad range of transferable skills. Learners could be given opportunities to: write up the findings of their own research, use case studies to explore complex or unfamiliar situationscarry out projects for which they have choice over the direction and outcomes






Where does it lead?

The qualification is intended to carry UCAS points and is recognised by higher education providers as contributing to meeting admission requirements for degree courses when taken alongside other Level 3 qualifications. Depending on the other qualifications learners have taken, they can progress to a degree programme from a wide range of programmes in the performing arts sector. Progression can be to an honours degree or to a BTEC Higher National, Foundation Degree, or a Higher Apprenticeship. The qualification will particularly support entry to degrees where knowledge of the sector is relevant. Learners should always check the entry requirements for degree programmes.