Performing Arts, BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate

BTEC National Extended Certificate

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.

Type of study
Examination board

Availability & Details

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

Alton Campus
Academic Year 2020-21 (2 years)
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Students 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. Vocational courses are an ideal qualification for students who prefer coursework. 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.

At Alton College 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.

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My time at the college was definitely life changing, I have learnt a lot of new skills, and obviously it’s a completely new experience. The support was great, there was always people there to help and try make it as easy as they can for you. The college is really fantastic, it has helped me on the way to get to what I want to achieve within my career goals.

Erin Morgan, BTEC student

My experience at the College was great, it’s very different to school, and I think it’s a good step to going to university. The support was amazing, I loved all of my teachers, they helped me through everything. The College is friendly and you will succeed.

Heidi Adamson Brattland, A Level student

I’m very, very happy, I didn’t expect to do so well. The College has been helpful and supportive. I loved my courses, and the teachers were really good – every single one of them. The facilities are great, but it’s the staff that really make this place.

Matthew Randell, A Level student