Performing Arts Level 3

Level 3

Qualification BTEC Extended Certificate

Duration 2 years


What will I study?

This qualification will enable you to explore your practical and academic abilities, allowing you to discover and develop a range of skills within the Performing Arts sector. The crucial and transferable skills you will develop will range from independent to group work, where you will be able to develop mastery in acting, movement, and musical theatre, as well as increasing
your academic knowledge of Performing Arts, the industry and live performance.

The aim of the qualification is to prepare learners for entry to a range of secto rrelated degrees and apprenticeships that can lead to employment within the Creative Industries.

In Y12 you will complete the following units:
• Unit 2: Developing Skills and Techniques for Live Performance (internally assessed)
• Unit 1: Investigating Practitioners’ Work (externally assessed)

In Y13 you will complete the following units:
• Unit 19: Acting Styles (internally assessed)
• Unit 3: Group Performance Workshop (externally assessed)

The units within the course cover all elements of theatre and you will study a range of acting styles such as naturalistic and non-naturalistic theatre, with a specific emphasis on practitioners’ techniques and styles. You will explore a range of practical performance projects working independently and in groups from a stimulus, or script, to create theatre for a live audience, based on the skills you learn in workshops and lessons and you will reflect on your practical work. You will explore practitioners’ such as; Brecht, Frantic Assembly, DV8, Andrew Lloyd Webber,
Stanislavski, Berkoff and Artuad, through practical exploration and research. You will also; research in depth and complete an extended piece of writing on practitioners’ styles, techniques and repertoire, complete a research report exploring and investigating into the roles and skills of a performer and prepare a presentation based on practitioners and their work.

How does the qualification provide employability skills?

This qualification provides you with the opportunity to develop crucial and transferable skills. These skills will equip you for your future and are highly regarded by all
higher education providers and employers.

• Cognitive and problem-solving skills: the use of critical thinking, approaching problems by applying expert creative solutions, using systems and technology.
• Intrapersonal skills: communicating, working collaboratively, negotiating and influencing, self-presentation.
• Interpersonal skills: self-confidence, self-reflection, self-management, self discipline, organisation, adaptability and resilience, self-monitoring and relationship development.

Study Visits / Cost

We organise exciting opportunities for you to work with and participate in workshops with professional performers from professional companies and watch live performances. We also have links with The National Theatre and local theatres such as the Sheffield Crucible. Study visits and events are a mandatory part of the course and it is essential you take part. The cost is approximately £20 per opportunity/event. 

College Production

 The Performing Arts department also offer an exciting enrichment opportunity for all TRC students to be involved in the annual College Musical Production. In the past we have done musicals such as ‘Les Miserables’, ‘Rock of Ages’ & most recently ‘Chicago The Musical’. College Production runs on a Wednesday afternoon during the college timetable. If you want to be a part of this, make sure you mention this at enrolment!  

We also offer a range of other enrichment activities such as talent competitions, dance showcases and working with a local charity ‘REMEDI UK’. 



Assessments are internally assessed; in college by your teacher and externally assessed; sent off to the exam board.

Assessments are a combination of practical performances, coursework, evaluation/ target setting and set tasks by the exam board BTEC Pearson.


Two years of this study will lead to an equivalent of 1 A-Level. BTEC is widely recognised by top universities and this qualification will support your progression into the performing arts, dance and creative industries.

Do I have to be able to act, sing and dance to do the course?

GCSE or BTEC Level 2 in Drama/ Expressive Arts/Dance/Music are useful but not essential. It is more important that you are prepared to have a go at everything and focus on improving your skills. It is also important that you have experience in performing in front of peers and an audience or that you are willing to have a go at this, as this is a crucial element of the course.

Entry Criteria

General Level 3 Entry Requirements.  GCSE English Grade 5.

At the start of the course you will complete an audition performance.  This will allow you to show your current abilities and skills to your teacher when starting the course.

Useful Supporting Courses

This course links very well with all other creative subjects, particularly Film, Art, Music, Music Technology, Media Studies, English Language and English Literature and is an excellent, broad preparation for further study and careers in the performing arts. It is also an excellent support course for students who wish to follow a career that requires excellent communication and presentation skills.

As our BTEC Dance course is the same qualification as the BTEC Performing Arts course, you are currently unable to study BOTH BTEC Dance and BTEC Performing Arts.

You can have a look at the subject specific Instagram sites by searching:



Community Arts Worker, Drama Therapist, Actor, Teacher, Public Services, Retail, Marketing and Dancer.

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Flying start

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Performing Arts Flying Start

Course Overview

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Performing Arts Course Overview