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BTEC Level 3 Certificate / Extended Certificate / Diploma in Performing Arts



Qualification     BTEC Certificate / Extended Certificate / Diploma

Duration            1 - 2 years


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What will I study?

This qualification will enable you to explore your practical and academic abilities, allowing you to discover a range of skills within the performing arts sector. The units within the course cover all elements allowing you to specialise in the pathway that best fits your skills (acting, singing, dancing), however you should be prepared to participate in everything. The transferrable skills you will develop will range from independent to group work, where you will be able to mastery in acting, movement, and musical theatre; as well as increasing your academic knowledge of the performing arts industry, practitioners, and events management. The aim of the qualification is to prepare learners for entry to a range of sector-related degrees that can lead to employment, within the Creative Industries.



Two years of this study will lead to an equivalent of 1 A-Level, this new BTEC has support and recognition from institutions such as; The Royal Ballet School, Leeds Becket University, University of South Wales, University of Huddersfield, Kingston University London, Southampton Solent University, University of Chichester, and more.

In addition this qualification provides you with the opportunity to develop crucial and transferable skills for self-confidence, interpersonal communication, self-presentation, personal discipline, time management and organisation which will equip you for your future life and are highly regarded by all higher education providers and employers.

How does the qualification provide employability skills?

Cognitive and problem-solving skills: the use of critical thinking, approaching non-routine

problems by applying expert and creative solutions, using systems and technology.

Intrapersonal skills: communicating, working collaboratively, negotiating and

influencing, self-presentation.

Interpersonal skills: self-management, adaptability and resilience, self-monitoring and relationship development.

Do I have to be able to sing, act, and dance to do Performing Arts?
GCSEs or BTECs in Music/Drama/Expressive arts are useful but not essential. It is more important that you are prepared to have a go at everything.

UNITS : There are four units you will cover over the two year period, two internally assessed units (Developing Skills and Techniques for Live Performance & Acting Styles) along with two externally assessed units (Investigating Practitioners' Work & Group Performance Workshop)

The units will range from practical based projects where you will work independently and in groups from a stimulus, or scripted work to create theatre for a live audience based on the skills you will learn in workshops and lessons. You will also need to prepare written research reports where you will explore practitioners such as Bertolt Brecht and Bob Fosse and may choose to tailor your research around the sector that interests you the most: acting/dancing/musical theatre. You will be asked to present a piece of extended writing based on the influential practitioner.

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Study Visits 

TRC organises exciting opportunities for you to work with performers from professional companies and to go and watch live performances. This is a mandatory part of the course and it is essential you take part in each event. The cost is usually no more than £10 per event.



Assessments are a combination of practical performances, coursework, and set tasks by Pearson. The external assessment element will reflect the vocational content of the course and be highly practical, such as assessment of performance. Demands of higher education entry criteria will also be met with this qualification, such as the ability to produce extended writing evidencing your knowledge of the subject and the performing arts industry.


Entry Criteria

General TRC Level 3 entry criteria.


Useful Supporting Courses

This course links very well with all other creative subjects, particularly Film, Art, Music, Music Technology, Media Studies, English Language and English Literature and is an excellent, broad preparation for further study and careers in the performing arts. It is also an excellent support course for students who wish to follow a career that requires excellent communication and presentation skills.

We also offer a wide range of enrichment activities to enhance your experience at TRC, such as the annual college production, talent competitions, Christmas productions and dance showcases.


Students have gone on to careers in / as:

Community Arts Worker, Drama Therapist, Actor, and Dancer.