Course Information

Where is the course delivered?

  • Bridgwater Centre

Who is the course for?

The course is practical in nature and suitable for students considering pathways into the Performing Arts industry or higher education performance arts training.

What does the course involve?

The BTEC Extended Diploma in Performing Arts provides skills within all aspects of the three disciplines of dance, acting and singing. The course also provides opportunities to develop skills in creativity and performance, audition preparation and professional training in each discipline. The course is defined through a variety of unit options, enabling students to develop, both practical and theoretical skills in each discipline

All students study a combination of dance, drama and singing units to give a broad introduction to the many aspects within performing arts.

  • Performing arts in context
  • The performing arts business
  • Performance workshop
  • Rehearsing
  • Performing.

Highlighted below are some of the unit options offered within this course:

  • Musical theatre
  • Drama improvisation
  • Physical theatre
  • Jazz
  • Contemporary dance
  • Choreography skills
  • Singing techniques
  • Devising
  • Acting skills
  • Jazz dance
  • Voice and speech.

What makes this course special?

    • Lecturers who are working/have worked professionally in the industry
    • Opportunity to take an additional A Level alongside the course
    • Performances in The McMillan Theatre
    • You will have the opportunity to participate in a wide range of extra-curricular activities including Drama Academy, Dance Academy and Show Choir.
    • Opportunity to take part in workshops, trips and residentials (previous residentials have been to New York, Disneyland and London)
    • The course offers opportunities to work with professional performers from the West End and visiting companies to offer workshops for students.

Entry Requirements

At least five GCSEs grades A*- C (9 - 4) or BTEC Level 2 Diploma (merit/distinction grade profile); Dance, Drama, Music or Expressive Arts subjects would be an advantage, as well as performance experience in or out of school. Entry is also subject to a successful interview and audition.

What are the assessment methods?

This is a very practical course and we assess you in a variety of ways;

  • Assessment is by coursework based on assignments set in each unit
  • Assignments will involve: performance projects, individual research, group work and project work
  • Assessments are graded at Distinction, Merit or Pass
  • On successful completion of the course, you will be awarded an overall Distinction, Merit or Pass grade

How long is the course?

Two years.

What are the progression options?

Every year our Extended Diploma Performing Arts students progress to some of the best known universities and schools for Performing Arts in the country. These have included: The Italia Conti Academy, Laban Centre for Movement & Dance, Bath Spa University, Liverpool Institute for the Performing Arts, Chichester University, Urdang Academy, Northern Contemporary Dance School, Guildford School of Acting, Laine Theatre Arts College, Rose Bruford, Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, Academy of Live and Recorded Arts School and East 15 Drama School. Our Performing Arts students have also gained employment in the entertainment or leisure industries.

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