Performing Arts BTEC Level 3

Performing Arts BTEC Level 3

Performing Arts BTEC Level 3

(Equivalent to 1½ A Levels)

Year 1 Course Structure:

During the first year you will be working toward a BTEC Level 3 National Certificate in Performing Arts which consists of two mandatory assessed units.

Unit 1: Investigating Practitioners’ Work
This unit is assessed externally in May/June and consists of a set task issued 4 weeks prior to the assessment and then completed over a 3 hour time period. In this core unit you will investigate the work of influential performing arts practitioners developing your analysis skills and contextual understanding of how they communicate themes in their work. At the end of the unit you will produce the piece of extended writing based on critical analysis, knowledge and understanding of performance, production and repertoire.

Unit 2: Developing Skills and Techniques for Live Performance
This practical unit is internally assessed and externally moderated by the exam board. In this unit you will participate in workshops, classes and exercises where you will acquire, practice and develop the practical and interpretative skills needed to you perform in front of an audience. You will be assessed by demonstrating what you have learnt in at least two performance styles within a selected theatrical discipline. As well as the core units you will take part in regular classes where you will develop your performance techniques analysing and evaluating your progress in order to find your own area of specialism within the performing arts.
You will also study one other internally assessed optional unit from a selection which those students progressing onto the second year of the course will put toward their final grade.

Year 2 Course Structure:

During the second year of the course you will be working toward your final BTEC Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Performing Arts. This consists of a further two mandatory units plus two optional units (one of which you will have already completed in your first year).

Unit 3: Group Performance Workshop
This practical unit is assessed externally in May/June over a supervised assessment period of five hours plus preparation time. In this unit you will explore and integrate creative, physical and vocal skills and techniques collaboratively to create a performance in response to a stimulus. This will be set by the exam board and you will need to create performance material in groups that consist of a minimum of three and a maximum of seven members. You will perform your work in front of invited audience and the video of that work will be submitted for marking together with a digital log completed at four milestone stages during the development process.

Unit 4: Performing Arts in the Community
This is an internally assessed unit that consists of both practical and theoretical work. During this unit you will develop your knowledge and understanding of performing in the community, applying specialist skills and techniques to a community performance project. You will perform in a range of venues, for example schools, community centres, care homes, theatres and in the street; allowing you to educate and inform as well as entertain groups from different communities. You will also study one additional internally assessed unit from a selection. This together with your optional unit from the first year will complete your BTEC Level 3 Foundation Diploma.

Key Facts:

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    Examination Board


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    Two years

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    Minimum entry requirements:

    • Five GCSEs at Level 4 – 9
    • You will also participate in an audition process

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    Possible combinations:

    With two A-Levels or single BTECs in related subjects, such as Music, Dance, Art or Media

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    Enrichment opportunities:

    • Choreography workshops (weekly)
    • Contemporary Technique classes (weekly)
    • Street Jazz Company
    • Contemporary Performance Company
    • Musical Theatre Company
    • Choir
    • Limbering classes for actors, dancers and musicians
    • Opportunity to help teach Prep and Bridging students
    • Opportunity to tech our college productions
    • Working With Others qualification Levels 2 and 3 and many, many more!

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    Skills developed:

    • Individual performing skills
    • Creative thinking and expression
    • Technical skills
    • Administrative/organisational skills
    • Teamwork

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    Likely next step opportunities:

    • Higher Education for degree courses in Performing Arts
    • Specialist vocational courses

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    Assessment summary:

    Internal assessment throughout duration of the course

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