Sixth Form Performing Arts

Level 3 National Certificate in Performing Arts

Course title: Pearson BTEC Level 3 Certificate in Performing Arts

This course is ideal for anyone who is passionate about a career in the Performing Arts and provides the opportunity for further study at university or drama school.

Why study Performing Arts?

You will learn about all aspects of the Performing Arts, in addition to developing your practical skills through a range of workshops and performances, lectures, research and time reflecting on your activities. The course will allow learners to study and develop the skills and disciplines they need in order to perform on stage or screen. Students will explore a range of styles and techniques including:

  • Classical Theatre
  • Contemporary theatre
  • Musical Theatre

What will I be learning about?

  • Developing Skills and Techniques for Live Performance
  • Investigating Practitioners’ Work
  • Group Performance Workshop
  • Performing Arts in the community
  • Individual performance commission
  • Final Live Performance To Audience 


  • Acting styles
  • Singing techniques for performers
  • Developing the voice for performance
  • Movement in performance
  • Musical theatre techniques
  • Variety performance
  • Physical theatre techniques

How will I be assessed?

Observation, discussion, learner log/diary, planned activities and a combination of internal and external assessment.

Where will this lead?

This course delivers transferable knowledge and skills that prepare learners for progression to university or Drama school, Acting, Musical Theatre or Performing Arts. Other possible areas at university might be Media, Journalism, Events Management, Technical Theatre or Education (Teaching). The transferable skills that universities value include:

  • The ability to learn independently
  • The ability to research actively and methodically
  • Being able to give presentations and being active group members.

Learners can develop the knowledge and skills required for particular degree courses, including reading texts, extended writing, analytical skills, creative development, communication skills, collaborative skills, independence, preparation for assessment methods used in degrees.

What are the entry requirements?

Five GCSEs at grade 4 or above including Maths and English.