Performing Arts (Pearson)

Studying Performing Arts will not only increase your understanding of some of the most demanding and exciting art forms, it will improve your interpersonal skills and help self-confidence. Many employers recognise the value of this qualification because those who succeed on this course possess assets that enable them to succeed in the workplace including initiative, creativity and group work skills.

We have a fully-equipped studio and Main Hall with sound and lighting, so we look at the technical aspects of Performing Arts as well as the wider Performing Arts Industry. Regular performing arts visits are arranged and performing arts companies will visit the school when possible. Engagement with school productions, showcases and concerts provide additional opportunities.

BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Performing Arts

This vocational qualification consists of externally and internally assessed units:
• The externally assessed units – Units1 & 3 – are examined by Pearson
• The internally assessed units are assessed by teaching staff and moderated by Pearson

The Extended Certificate is equivalent to one A Level.

This course complements the work undertaken in English Literature, Psychology, Photography, Art and Sociology.
Students can expect a good progression to higher education or Performing Arts Schools when taken alongside other A levels and will find it beneficial for employment in the performing arts industry.

Example Units for Year 12 study on the Extended Certificate
Students must complete the following units:
Unit 1: Investigating Practitioner’s Work: External
Unit 2: Developing Skills and Techniques for Live Performance: Internal

Example Units for Year 13 study on the Extended Certificate
Students must complete the following units:
Unit 3: Group Performance Workshop: External
Unit 19: Acting Styles: Internal

MINIMUM ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: 5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including grade 4 in English and/or Drama, Music or Dance. An interest in the performing and creative arts would be beneficial.

Updated September 2020