BTEC National Extended Diploma in Performing Arts Practice Level 3

Full Time

About the course

This course is an essential foundation for anyone wanting to become a Performer. The course is designed to make you a multidisciplinary and employable performer by developing your skills in acting, singing, dance and musical theatre. You do not have to be skilled in all of the disciplines before you start the course, as teaching will be tailored around your individual experience and skill level. In today’s highly competitive Performing Arts industry, you need to have some experience in all areas to widen your higher education, drama school and employment opportunities in the future. Certainly, this course is highly suitable for those who want to be an all-round entertainer and those who want to specialize as Actors, Singers and Musical Theatre performers.

Your classes will have a practical focus and assessments will involve live and filmed performances to an audience and to camera, research, presentations, logs and vlogs! Alongside this, you will also take part in our annual College Production, take technical classes in lighting and stage management and learn Audition techniques.

Topics include: Acting Skills; Performance Workshop; Theatre for Children & Theatre in Education; Film & TV Acting; Singing Technique & Musical Theatre; Movement & Dance.

Entry requirements

Five GCSEs at grade 4/C or above, including English and Maths, or equivalent In addition, all applicants will undertake an audition.

Where next?

This course could lead you directly into the Performing Arts industry, Drama School, University, Music Academies and other technical training institutions. It also prepares you for any career where communication skills, the ability to work in a team or deal with the public are important.

Work experience and employability

This course does not contain a specific work experience component, but has other activities to help you develop employability skills. If you would like to undertake a work placement alongside your studies our Employability Team can help.

What additional resources will I need?

You will need loose, comfortable clothing for all practical classes as well as ‘unfashionable clothes’ for building and painting sets.

Fees information

This course is free to students aged 16-18.

Students aged 19+ will usually be charged a tuition fee, unless they meet certain eligibility criteria for fee remission. For those paying, an Advanced Learner Loan may be available. For further advice on fees, waivers and loans, please contact the Fees Co-Ordinator at Queens Drive.


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