BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Performing Arts

BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Performing Arts

Why study Level 3 BTEC Performing Arts?

The BTEC Level 3 Performing arts programme allows you to explore, develop and refine your performance disciplines and the effective integration of these skills in performance, through a range of different styles and methods.

You can participate in a variety of units ranging from acting, dance and singing. The skills developed in these units are then applied to live performances and showcases throughout the two years. The performing projects are designed to be a realistic experience of the performance profession and will prepare you for study at higher education level or a range of work opportunities in the industry.

It is suited to learners who are committed to going into the Performing Arts and who appreciate the need for both the practical and academic skills to survive the rigours of the Performing Arts industry.

Extensive practical work is undertaken and is combined with relevant theory and academic inquiry. You will need to analyse practical work in written evaluations and to write essays on texts, practitioners and dance works. There are a variety of modes of delivery including workshops, lectures, performances, tutorials and traditional classroom activities.


In addition to the Performing Arts sector-specific content, this qualification provides learners with the opportunity to develop all-round performance skills and transferable skills such as self-confidence, self-presentation, personal discipline, time management and organisational skills which are highly regarded by higher education and employers.

  • Communication Skills – performing, communicating and presenting ideas to an audience
  • Collaborative Skills – with a focus on self-management, teamwork and participation in group performance which develops collaborative skills and confidence building.

All of the content in the qualification will help prepare learners for further study. The qualification is intended to carry UCAS points and is recognised by higher education providers as contributing to meeting admission requirements for many courses when taken alongside other qualifications as part of a 2-year programme of learning. It combines well with a large number of subjects at Level 3, whether academic or vocational.

Extra-curricular Opportunities

Here at Notley High School and Braintree Sixth Form we have excellent facilities for performance opportunities. All students are expected to be involved in the ongoing school productions in some way, whether it be singing, acting, dancing or through the technical side of theatre. Throughout the course workshops and trips will be provided for students to support and inspire their own practice. We encourage all to take advantage of these opportunities to develop their skills to the highest of standards.


Core and optional units are internally and externally marked. The ranges of assessments – both practical and written - mean that you can showcase your learning and achievements to best effect when you take your next step, whether that’s supporting applications to higher education courses or potential employers.

Core Units

  • Investigating Practitioners Work (Externally assessed)
  • Developing Skills and Techniques for Live Performance (Internally assessed)
  • Group Performance Workshop (Externally assessed)

Examples of Optional Units (all internally assessed)

  • Classical Ballet Technique, Tap Dance Technique, Jazz Dance Technique , Street Dance Technique, Contemporary Dance Technique.
  • Interpreting Classical Text for Performance, Acting Styles, Developing the Voice for Performance, Improvisation, Movement in Performance, Musical Theatre Techniques, Variety Performance.


Entry requirements

  • BTEC Level 2 Qualification in Performing Arts - Merit or above
  • Grade 4 or above in GCSE Drama/Dance

Or the ability to demonstrate extra-curricular experience in drama/theatre work at interview.

Students choosing the subject should also be prepared to commit themselves fully to their studies - in particular to show a willingness to work outside of college hours by attending rehearsals, theatre trips and workshops.

Exam Board

Pearson BTEC

Teacher to contact

Miss White


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