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Performing Arts


This course is for students who want to study the performing arts. It’s not just about being able to perform on stage; it will provide candidates with the skills, knowledge and understanding to progress onto a specialist Arts degree. It enhances confidence, builds a team ethic and encompasses elements of real-life study. This BTEC takes a student-centred approach to the curriculum, with a flexible, unit-based structure and knowledge applied in project-based assessments. It focuses on the development of the practical, interpersonal and thinking skills required to be able to succeed in employment and higher education.


Course Content

Unit 1: Investigating Practitioners’ Work

Students will investigate and critically analyse the contextual influences on selected practitioners and undertake performance work with a focus on how these relate to the theme identified in the set task.

Unit 2: Developing Skills and Techniques for Live Performance

This unit is internally assessed. Students must track progress during this unit, reflecting on and evaluating the application and development of performance skills and techniques during workshops, rehearsal and final performance, presenting the information in a performance log that includes a combination of recorded evidence.

Unit 3: Group Performance Workshop

This unit is externally assessed. Before the assessment period, students will have the opportunity to prepare for the development and completion of a group performance. They will be
given a stimulus to create performance material before submitting a digital process log and a video recording of the group workshop performance.


Students complete 4 units, of which 3 are mandatory and 2 of these are externally assessed.