Acting Extended Diploma

Performing Arts National Extended Diploma - Edexcel

Level 3

Who is this course for?

This BTEC National Extended Diploma in Performing Arts is aimed at students who want to continue their learning via the creative world of drama, dance, song and stagecraft. The nature of the course demands total commitment and high levels of energy from students. Full-scale productions are staged. This two-year full-time course is the equivalent of 3 A Levels and offers the opportunity to cover the practical as well as the theoretical areas of drama. If you are passionate about the arts and enjoy drama, performing and music then this could be the course for you.

Formal Entry Requirements

Five GCSEs at grade C and above, including English, and/or a Level 2 qualification or equivalent.

What does the course involve?

You need to complete 18 units to pass this course successfully. The course recognises the skills, knowledge and understanding of the Performing Arts sector. You should also enjoy working closely with other students in groups as well as on your own initiative, be willing to experiment and explore new topics and have a passion for performance. Examples of units you may study on the course include: Performing Arts Business, Performing to an Audience, Acting, Singing, Contemporary Theatre and Directing. Functional Skills will also form an important part of your course. They are the skills we use in all aspects of our study, work and everyday life. When you start the course, your tutor will discuss which Functional Skills are the most appropriate for you.

Enrichment activities

Students have opportunities to see professional performances in the West End as well as locally. You also have an opportunity to engage with community and local authority organisations, and take part in projects with the National Theatre and Royal Shakespeare Company. Students are given the opportunity to audition for top drama schools ALRA and Guildford, and have the chance to be involved in workshops with Linton Management - a top TV and theatre agency.

How will I be assessed?

Learning methods include practical drama workshops; theatre productions; private study; tutorials; theatre visits and class work.

Where can I go next?

Many students have Higher Education or drama school as a target at the end of their studies. It is also possible to gain junior positions in administration, stagecraft and educational areas of theatre work, or even form your own theatre company.