BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Performing Arts (Acting)

Overview

Students on the BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Performing Arts (Acting) course will encounter an exciting array of vastly differing acting styles. They will develop skills in acting and performing, and will play a crucial role in the organisation and development of performance pieces. The course is practical, involving performance, coursework, and many opportunities to take part in plays and productions. Students will develop knowledge of the styles of practitioners such as Stanislavski, and explore the ideas and themes of contemporary theatre, as well as devising and producing original work.

What goes well with this course?

Most subjects would complement Performing Arts, particularly English Literature and English Language.

Progression

BTEC qualifications are valued in Higher Education and by employers. Students could consider Higher Education and careers in the following areas:

Theatre and Performance-related activities:

  • A degree in Acting, Music Performance or Musical Theatre, Media Performance
  • Performance Design and Management
  • Careers in Acting, Musical Theatre, Dance, Music Entertainment, Singing, Performance
  • Performance support, Arts Administration

Depending on other Advanced Level courses, students could also consider working in Drama Therapy, Speech Therapy, Nursing, Teaching, Journalism, Advertising, Marketing or Travel and Tourism.

Course Content

The course is practical involving performance, coursework, and many opportunities to take part in plays and productions. Students will develop knowledge of the styles of practitioners such as Shakespeare; and explore the ideas and themes of contemporary theatre, as well as devising and producing original work.

 

Educational Experiences

Course Specific Trips, Visits & Experiences

Performing Arts students have the opportunity to take part in a variety of course related experiences. In the last couple of years, these have included:

  • A visit to the Globe Theatre to see "Taming of the Shrew"
  • A visit to the Lyric Theatre's production of "The Red Shoes", produced by Kneehigh.
  • A visit to the Royal Court's production of Caryl Churchill's play "Love and Information"
  • A visit to see Frantic Assembly's production of "Othello and Love Song"
  • A visit to the Young Vic Theatre to see "Three Sisters"
  • A visit to the Soho Theatre to perform "Pronoun"
  • A variety of College performances

Assessment

During each term of the course students will work towards a production that will involve an acting performance or a combination of disciplines. Students will investigate the structure of performance and the training of an actor. Towards the end of the course students will plan a possible route into employment either immediately or after further study.

The exam board for this course is Pearson BTEC.

Entry Requirements

Students wishing to do BTEC Level 3 courses, need to have (or expect to achieve) at least four GCSE passes at Grade 4 or above including English and Mathematics (and a satisfactory school reference) in order to be accepted on a BTEC Level 3 Programme.

All students will be required to attend an audition.

It is vital that students are willing to perform in public, work with others, solve problems, plan their own learning and communicate effectively through speaking.

How to Apply

Applications for entry September 2018

The application form for the academic year 2018-2019 is available to download here.

Students should return their completed forms directly to Coulsdon College, NOT their schools. All applications will be considered according to the College's Admissions Policy Admissions Policy.

Please see the Admissions timetable for information about the College’s enrolment process.

Download Course Leaflet

Download the BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Performing Arts (Acting) information leaflet.

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