BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Performing Arts

Exam board: Pearson

Curriculum Content (by component):

  1. Investigating Practitioners Work (90)
  2. Developing Skills and Techniques for Live Performance (90)
  3. Group Performance Workshop (120)
  4. Optional Dance or Acting Style Examination (60)

In brackets are the credits for each unit.

How it will be taught:

All Performing Arts students are taught together, however, there are two pathways students can choose to specialise in: Dance and Acting. Each module will be taught through a number of workshops and activities, enabling the performer to respond to the objectives and stimuli, and explore topics they are interested in and passionate about.


Students will be assessed in all four components over the two years. There are options across the course to be assessed on a solo performance, or in an ensemble. All of the components include a practical performance, with some components requiring written and/or oral coursework.

Specific entry requirements (to be able to get onto the course): 5 GCSEs. Experience in either Dance or Drama.

Future opportunities (careers, where it can lead, university, jobs etc.):

In the mandatory content and the selected optional units that focus on technical preparation, learners will be acquiring the key knowledge and skills that employers need. In addition, employability skills such as teamwork and entrepreneurialism, and completing realistic tasks, have been built into the design of the learning aims and content.

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