Performing Arts (Theatre)

BTEC Extended Certificate

Performing Arts (Theatre)

Why should I study this course?

Do you love performing arts, drama, West End shows? Are you creative in your approach? If you thrive on learning new performances, acting, variety and vocal skills then this could be the course for you!

You should choose to study Performing Arts if you enjoy performing and have a keen interest in learning about acting techniques. It is a practical course with many opportunities for performing. You will also study the elements of acting and singing, how to stage plays and in your second year you will further develop acting skills and will be asked to perform in a theatre performance.

You need a keen interest in acting and the confidence to perform in front of others. If you are experienced in performing arts already your skills will be put to good use especially in the units that require you to perform in front of an audience. In addition to your studies there will be various trips and visits throughout the year allowing you to see a wide range of performances that will open your mind to new performance experiences, question and answer sessions and workshops.

STAFF BIOS: Lewis Marrow (teaches first year students)

What will I study?

Year One:

Unit 103 - The Voice and the Actor
You will learn to devise and complete a vocal development programme in response to your own needs, demonstrate a command of vocal technique in response to material and demonstrate acting techniques in both contemporary and classical performances.
Unit 15 - Variety Performance
You will research a form of variety performance of your own choice. This may be anything from a mime, magic or clown act to stand-up comedy, a monologue in a particular style or a musical performance. You will then rehearse your act and ultimately perform it to an external audience.
Unit 7 - Performing to an audience
You will undertake a performance role for a live audience, interpret performance material for an audience and perform a role, communicating meaning to an audience. You will work with discipline within an ensemble. You will perform a play that is either scripted or devised in the summer term.

Year Two:

Unit 19 – The Principles of Acting
You will learn about how acting techniques can be employed in a performance within two contrasting short performances. You will be assessed on your research skills and your ability to apply the acting techniques from each genre in performance.
Unit 18 – Auditions for Actors
You will learn how to interpret and realise text suitable for different types of auditions and audition situations.
Unit 11 – Theatre for Children
You will learn about types of children’s theatre and how to effectively perform to a group of children. You will devise a piece of theatre appropriate to the age chosen and deliver this to them. You will be assessed on your devising and performing skills.

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How is the course assessed?

The course is structured by assignments and every task you are asked to do will feature within one of the assignments. There are often 3 assignments per unit per year. Most of the assignments include assessments which look at your practical performance or written tasks such a rehearsal logs that are assessed by your tutor.

What will the course prepare me for?

You can progress to a number of careers or to higher education from this course. Many of our students go on to university to study drama, dance, choreography, dance therapy, creative, media and performing arts courses with great success. Past students have become professional stage and screen actors, singers, comedians, dancers, performers, other entertainers, and dance and PE teachers. Other careers open to you would be roles that required outgoing, confident people who communicate to a high standard.

Private study

You will be given a homework task per week. These homework tasks will be something which requires you to think about the subject you are studying and will further your knowledge accordingly. Sometimes you may have to complete an assignment outside of lesson time which may involve writing, editing or rehearsing.

What materials will I need to provide?

Basic stationery items for note taking in class.

How will I be taught?

You will be taught multiple units per week by different teachers who have expert skills in the units they are teaching you. The lessons will be mostly practical inspired but some theoretical exploration will be needed depending on the topic being covered.

This course is for you if...

You love performing arts, drama, west end shows, enjoy performing and are creative in your approach. If you enjoy practical work and thrive on learning new performance, acting skills, variety and vocal skills.

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What are the course requirements?

Four 9 – 4 (A*-C) grades at GCSE or equivalent in at least three subjects including a 3 (D) in GCSE English Language.

You must be able to perform confidently in front of others and will be required to informally audition for this course in the first few weeks.

If you are interested in joining the College, we will arrange a meeting with an experienced subject counsellor who will help you to choose courses that best suit your ambitions and achievements.

All entry requirement details are correct at the time of publication; however, the College may need to make some changes in light of student demand, staff availability and external factors beyond the College's control.

What skills do I need?

  • Enthusiasm
  • Commitment
  • Energy
  • Performance Skills – the ability to act confidently in front of others