Performing Arts

BTEC National Extended Certificate Level 3

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Availability & Details

Performance Arts, BTEC (2016) Level 3 National Extended Certificate AF-PAPE3T-D(0000)000

Alton Campus

Type of study

Academic Year 2021-22 (2 years)

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Do you see exciting work on a professional stage and aspire to that level of brilliance? As a BTEC Performing Arts student, you’ll be part of a ‘theatrical company’ and be passionate in developing your own performing arts skills. You’ll develop technique, performance skills, creativity, the ability to critically comment and a working understanding of how the Performing Arts industry operates. This course
enables you to investigate influential professionals within the industry, develop and use skills as an actor, dancer and singer, create a portfolio of performances and learn about job roles within the industry. Developing your skills in musical theatre, jazz dance, singing techniques, screen acting, the course culminates in a final performance to a live audience.

You should normally have achieved at least five GCSEs at grade 9 – 4, including a 4 in English. Alternatively, if you have studied at Level 2, you should have achieved a merit or above. To study this course, you should have formal experience of two of the disciplines such as BTEC/GCSE in a Performing Arts subject, external dance, acting or singing grades (I.S.T.D, LAMDA, Trinity etc.) or regular experience via a youth theatre, school musicals, Rock Challenge or similar. Vocational courses are an ideal qualification for you if you prefer coursework.

At HSDC Alton on the BTEC Performing Arts course, you will develop your skills in drama, dance and singing for staging theatre performances and musicals.  You will investigate successful practitioners’ work; describing, analysing and evaluating dances, plays and songs by influential choreographers, playwrights, drama practitioners, composers and lyricists. The course and the performances you help stage will develop your skills as an actor, dancer and singer.  You will work as part of a group to create performances in response to a specific stimulus. You will also study one specialist unit. These can include musical theatre, storytelling, jazz dance, singing techniques, acting styles, choreography, children’s theatre, improvisation or screen acting.

Lessons activities are varied, from practical technique classes to creative workshops to written analysis tasks. We also organise a huge range of trips to theatres, visiting workshops, alongside many opportunities to perform at College. This is a really exciting course for anyone who wishes to pursue a career within the Performing Arts Industry.

100% coursework and controlled assessment.

Trips/workshops from £20 each.

I overcame a couple of barriers by working really hard to get the top grades. My experience was really good, with the course and the lecturers, the residentials and activities, together it was all really good. I had really great teaching support, I could always go to the lecturers and speak to them if I needed to.

David Stenning, Public Services student

The college is a bright and happy place, everyone is kind and friendly to each other.

Megan Hall, A Level student

I got into both of the universities I wanted to. It happens so fast and it’s an amazing feeling when you think that all of the work you’ve done has paid off in the best way possible.

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