Performing Arts

The Performing Arts Department is a lively and thriving area where the main emphasis is on performing to a variety of different audiences.

The content of this qualification has been developed in consultation with academics to ensure that it supports progression to higher education. In addition, employers and professional bodies have been involved and consulted in order to confirm that the content is also appropriate and consistent with current practice.

The subject is available in three sizes: the BTEC Level 2 Award which is the equivalent to one GCSE in one year; the Cert/Ext Cert which is the equivalent to one A Level over two years or the Ext Cert/Diploma which is the equivalent of two A Levels.

Depending on the course chosen, students will study mandatory units covering the following content areas:

  • performance – practical exploration and application of specialist skills and techniques, individual and group performance
  • research, analysis and commissioning – aims to develop skills that are essential for further study of performing arts, including research methodology, independent learning, extended writing, sourcing, idea generation, evaluating information and drawing conclusions from it.

There are also optional units which have been designed to support progression to the range of sector-related courses in higher education and to link with relevant occupational areas. They cover content areas, such as acting, dance and musical theatre.

The vast majority of students achieve their ambition to pursue their interest in the subject at degree level. Although students are not able to take on a purely technical role, they are encouraged to engage with all aspects of production and understand their potential role in the industry as a whole.

During the course students will be required to produce high quality audition pieces and build a portfolio of the performance and written work they have produced during their studies. 

Our Performing Arts Courses

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