Performing Arts (Theatre)

BTEC Level 3 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 (Theatre) 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 production.

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)

Watch this short video presentation from our Katie (our Dance teacher) and Lewis (one of our Theatre, Music Performance and Music Tech teachers) to find out more about these courses, our 100% pass rates and the fabulous opportunities studying these subjects can lead to.

What will I study?

Group performance workshop

In this unit, you will learn how to respond to a given stimulus as part of a group, using research, discussion and practical exploration to develop performance material and later present an informal presentation of the work to an invited audience. As a member of a team, you will contribute to the creative development and rehearsal process, shaping and refining the work and applying performance and teamwork skills. You will share responsibility for creative decisions regarding the nature and direction of the intended performance, and your individual contribution will reflect your own skills through the group’s interests and ideas.

Acting styles

This unit will introduce you to the basic differences of a range of styles of theatre and the approaches of theatre practitioners. You will take part in workshops that explore acting styles, techniques and practices used by different theatre practitioners in their work. This will enable you to create character, interpret lines and develop your vocal and physical skills while rehearsing and performing a text or devising original work. Throughout your learning and development

Physical theatre techniques

In this unit, you will develop physical theatre techniques, using the body and voice, by actively participating in workshops and rehearsals and then in a performance to communicate meaning to an audience. By researching and watching different performances, you will develop an understanding of the diversity of this performance genre and the practitioners that have influenced the development of physical theatre. 


In this unit, you will investigate the origins of traditional stories. By considering the purpose, as well as analysing their key features, you will gain an understanding of common structures, themes, settings and characters. You will consider the role of storytelling in performing arts and develop skills on how to adapt existing stories to meet the needs of specific audiences. You will develop strong vocal and movement techniques to recreate different characters, moods and settings to support your performance. Throughout your learning you will reflect on your progress as you develop skills and techniques, setting targets and reviewing these.

Developing skills for performance

In this unit, you will develop the appropriate skills and techniques for a performance discipline. You will participate in regular workshops, classes and exercises where you will acquire, practise and develop the necessary technical, practical and interpretative performance skills to help you succeed when performing live to an audience. You will work with existing performance works, analysing and interpreting the material in order to understand and apply the relevant skills and techniques appropriate to the style.

Examination board


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 as 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