Performing Arts: BTEC Level 3


Our Performing Arts Course aims to inspire and develop a life-long passion for performance. It is for performers who have a serious interest in developing a wide and marketable range of performance skills.


The level 3 BTEC course combines major performance areas of Acting, Voice and Movement.  The course is split in to a range of units that cover all aspects of performance and becoming a performer within the industry. The lessons aim to cover a wide range of theatrical/dance genres as well as theatrical/dance styles of various time periods. Students will have the opportunity to develop both their vocal and their physical skills through a variety of technique classes and workshops.  They are also given regular opportunities to perform to the public in a professional theatre setting.

Students also learn about the Performing Arts business, how to make a professional CV, and they receive careers advice and audition tips from industry professionals. They take part in projects such as touring to local schools and writing, directing and producing their own work. During each year, there are many opportunities to see live performance work given by other students and live performances of professionals in regional and national venues.

Examples of cross-curricular links


Non-fiction reading  -  information about genres, artists etc.

Vocabulary strategy - technical vocabulary is taught explicitly

Purpose and audience writinganalysis and evaluation, critiques  

Humanities: The impact of historical events, politics, and different cultures on development of styles/genres

Examples of Cultural Capital entitlement from NC

  • Presentation of self and self-identity - a big part of social classification
  • Knowledge and appreciation of key works
  • Knowledge and appreciation of historical and cultural influences
  • Key Stage 5

    There are five units in the course, three of which are compulsory and two additional ones which are selected by the school from a list of choices to best meet the needs of the students.


    Unit 1 Investigating Practitioners Work [90hrs] External

    Unit 2 Developing Skills and Techniques for Live Performance [90hrs] Internal

    Unit 3 Group Performance Workshop [120hrs] External


    Unit 28 Variety Performance [60hrs] Internal

    Unit 27 Musical Theatre Techniques [60hrs] Internal

    Year 12
    Term 1 Term 2 Term 3
    Unit 27 Musical Theatre
    Researching and Rehearsing Musical Theatre pieces. 
    Log books

    Unit 27 Musical Theatre
    Rehearsal and Musical Theatre Performance
    Completion of Log Books

    Unit 3  Group Performance Workshop
    How to create work form a stimulus
    Theatre in Education..

    Term 4 Term 5 Term 6

    Unit 3 Group Performance Workshop
    Responding to Pearson set stimulus and creation of devised piece.

    Unit 3 Group Performance Workshop
    Performance and completion of Log Books – Submission to Pearson

    Unit 2 Developing Skills for Live Performance
    Research and Presentation of the Performing Arts Industry. 


    Year 13 
    Term 1 Term 2 Term 3
    Unit 2: Developing Skills for Live Performance
    Performance and Log books. 

    Unit 1: Investigating Practitioners
    Section A: Researching influential Performing Arts Practitioners Theatre Companies and Choreographers.

    Unit 1: Investigating Practitioners
    Complete research and write up of notes. 
    Section B written exam.

    Term 4 Term 5 Term 6

    Unit 28 :Variety Performance
    Research and create a Variety Show

    Unit 28: Variety Performance
    Public Performance of Variety Show    


    Students have the opportunity work on a range of theatrical styles with varying skills. They look at the three disciples of performance, Acting, Dancing and Singing, and the range of units has allowed the students to develop and refine their skills form all three. The BTEC course provides students with the opportunities to practice interpersonal skills as well as performance skills for example on self-management, adaptability and resilience, self-monitoring and development adaptability and resilience, self-monitoring and development.  Transferable skills for university include, the ability to learn independently, the ability to research actively and methodically, being able to give presentations and being active group members.

  • Careers and progression
    Qualification pathways 

    The department has responded to student requirements and changed the KS5 offer to include the Level 3 BTEC in Performing Arts as well as the A level courses in Dance and in Drama.

    The GCSEs offered at KS4 prepare students perfectly for the A levels offered at KS5 as well as this BTEC course, which in turn prepares students for further study at higher education level or employment in the performing arts sector. 

    Example of successful progressions

    4 students from Y13 progressed to higher education/careers in Dance and Drama in 2019.

    Examples of links to Gatsby benchmark 4 (Linking curriculum to careers) 

    Case studies of professional dancer/actor

    Case studies of professional director

    Examples of link to Gatsby benchmark 5 (encounters with employers)

    Trip to theatre to meet artists and directors

    Visits/workshops from professional artists

    Employability skills

    Creativity, analysis & evaluation, teamwork, leadership.

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