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BTEC Extended Certificate

Performing Arts

BTEC National Extended Diploma in Performing Arts (Acting)

Entry Requirements

5 GCSEs at grades A*‐C (9-4 under the grading system) including English Language and Maths.

If you have completed a GCSE Drama course then you must have achieved a minimum of a grade B (5/6).

You may also be required to attend an audition.

Course Content
The course is based around practical and academic activities including units that are largely performance or production based. Students will experience a wide range of performance techniques allowing them to develop creativity, express personal interests and ideas and experiment with all aspects of acting. Despite the practical nature of the course, students will be expected to develop a broad understanding of the historical and cultural context of performance and produce a range of critical and evaluative research in order to guide their own practice.
Core units

Acting styles

The historical context of performance

Specialist units

Developing voice,

Principles of acting,


Physical theatre,

Radio, film and TV acting,


Classical theatre performance and contemporary theatre performance.

Learning Methods and Assessment

The course is mainly practical, with assessment generally carried out through projects based on real industry scenarios.

Units will be assessed through an on‐going process throughout the 2 years so that students are fully aware of their own achievements and targets.

A final project will take the form of a major production

The course is graded; Distinction *, Distinction , Merit , Pass.

This final grade is broadly the equivalent to 3 x A Levels.

There will be appropriate enrichment activities and outings organised throughout the 2 years to enhance student learning.

Expectations of students

Suitable applicants must be self‐motivated, hard‐working, committed, have excellent attendance and a genuine interest and ability in Acting. This course is for Students who want to progress to a range of Higher Education - Performing Arts Based courses, or are aiming to work professionally as an actor.

Career Opportunities

Students can use this qualification to progress to university to study a higher education foundation degree, Higher National Diploma or other professional development programme.

Some may enter a specialist area of employment.