BTEC Level 3 – Performing Arts


This is a vocational course for students interested in pursuing a career in the Performing Arts or for students that are interested in and enjoy performing and who wish to continue to develop their performing skills.

This course emphasises acting, dance and musical theatre performance and can be taken in conjunction with A level subjects or GCSE re-sits. The course involves detailed study of every aspect of performing. Students must demonstrate a high standard of academic, practical performance and theoretical skills.

  • Who Is This Course For?

    This is a vocational course for students interested in pursuing a career in the Performing Arts or for students that are interested in and enjoy performing and who wish to continue to develop their performing skills.   This course emphasises acting, dance and musical theatre performance and can be taken in conjunction with A level subjects or GCSE re-sits. The course involves detailed study of every aspect of performing. Students must demonstrate a high standard of academic, practical performance and theoretical skills.

    The BTEC Level 3 Certificate in Performing Arts is a one year full-time course that is the equivalent of an AS-Level.   If a student successfully completes the first year (Certificate in Performing Arts equivalent to one AS-Level) they may progress to the second year to complete the full qualification (Subsidiary Diploma in Performing Arts equivalent to one A-Level).

    Entry Criteria

    Students wishing to study the course must have a minimum of five GCSEs at grades A*-C (9-4) including GCSE English Language (4 and above).

    Good written and oral communication skills are essential.

    A high level of commitment is required.

    Previous performance experience in acting, dance and musical theatre is advantageous.

    Entry is by successful completion of a workshop/audition.

  • Course Details:

    Exam Board

    Edexcel

    Certificate in Performing Arts

    For the Certificate in Performing Arts, students must satisfactorily complete one mandatory unit (Performing to an Audience), plus an additional two units selected from the following: (Musical Theatre Performance, Principles of Acting, Developing Voice for the Actor, Singing Skills for Actors and Dancers, Dance Performance, Developing Contemporary Dance Technique and Jazz Dance).

    Subsidiary Diploma in Performing Arts

    For the Subsidiary Diploma in Performing Arts students must satisfactorily complete all of the above requirements for the Certificate plus an additional three units.

    The course is 100% continuous assessment with practical and written coursework.

    How the course is delivered

    Students have four lessons a week that combine practical classes in voice, singing, acting and dance with academic theoretical lessons. Extracurricular rehearsal time is required in addition to regularly timetabled lessons.

    Departmental Enrichment

    Students must attend a range of professional performances and are required to perform at public events. In addition, students have the opportunity to participate in the College productions; participate in workshops with professional companies and gain experience operating sound and lighting equipment.

    The Performing Arts Department at Wyke Sixth Form College

    The department uses a rehearsal and performance space that has a fully sprung dance floor, mirrors, and sound and lighting facilities. In addition, it also has a studio space with fully sprung dance floor, mirrors, and sound equipment. It has access to the College Library and classroom facilities as well as the state of the art college ICT facilities.

    The Performing Arts staff are:

    • Chris Gruca (Head of Performing Arts)
    • Andy Feetom (Theatre Manager/Acting)
    • Roni Dunleavy (Dance)
    • Rachel Poyser (Singing)

    What can I do now that would help prepare me for this course?

    Attend as many performances as possible in any style or genre.

    Gain as much performance experience as possible in any style, period or genre.

    Read articles in The Stage. In addition, read reviews of performances in the national newspapers.

    Read as many scripts as possible of any period or genre.

    Begin to study music theory and learn to read music.

    Begin a keep fit programme to develop strength and stamina.

  • Progression:

    Former student, Georgia Roe from Malet Lambert High School, progressed to professional training at New York Film Academy in New York City. While at Wyke, Georgia achieved Distinction* for her Performing Arts course, and played the principal role of Cassie in Wyke’s production of A Chorus Line.