Performing Arts – BTEC Level 3

Course entry requirements

Minimum grade 4 in English GCSE, previous Drama, Dance & Music experience (e.g. GCSE/BTEC Level 2 course or other outside qualifications)


Students taking this qualification will study two mandatory learning and teaching modules:

  • Skills Development
  • The Performing Arts Industry

The mandatory content allows students to concentrate on the development of their technical performance skills and creation techniques and relate them to the performing arts industry. Much of the content is internally assessed. The two learning and teaching modules are assessed through four assessment units. Units covered:

Acting Skills Development

  • B4 Exploring Performance Styles
  • B5 Creating Performance Material
  • B6 Performing as an Actor for an Audience The Performing Arts Industry
  • F16 Planning a Career in the Industry


B4: Exploring performance styles

  1. Apply stylistic conventions to performance material in response to a brief.
  2. Apply acting skills and techniques to performance material in response to a brief.
  3. Review the stylistic conventions of performance material.

B5: Creating performance material

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of acting skills and techniques when creating and
    developing performance material in response to a brief.
  2. Apply acting skills and techniques to the creative process in response to a brief.
  3. Apply technical skills when creating performance material.

B6: Performing as an actor for an audience

  1. Develop and realise a performance through rehearsal.
  2. Review creative decisions made in rehearsal.
  3. Apply acting skills and techniques to a performance for an audience.

F16: Planning a career in the industry

  1. Understand the development of the performing arts industry.
  2. Understand employment opportunities in the performing arts industry.
  3. Identify potential opportunities for the future performing arts industry


Drama and Theatre Studies can lead to further study in drama, theatre studies and performing arts in a higher education setting, either at degree level, HND level or drama school. It can also lead to apprenticeships with theatre companies and other arts organisations. It helps to build valuable skills that employers will be looking for such as: good communication and interpersonal skills; ability to motivate and take initiative; leadership; reliability/dependability; flexibility; ability to follow instructions; team work; patience: problem solving and adaptability.

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