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Performing Arts

Exam board:  Pearson

Level of study: 2 years

Length of course: Two years

Entry requirements: General  vocational entry requirements plus a 5 in English Language

 What will you study?

This BTEC can be taught across 1 year (equivalent to 1 A Level) or 2 years (equivalent to 2 A levels). Within the course you will be assessed both practically and theoretically through workshops, rehearsals, performances, evaluations,  reviews, research projects and presentations, etc. You will learn a range of different performance techniques and will have the opportunity to develop your skills and talents across the performing arts sector as an actor, dancer or even a director or choreographer, etc.

Course Structure In year 1 of the course there are 4 units of study, two are assessed internally by your teacher and two are externally assessed by and Edexcel examiner.

There are 3 mandatory units which consist of:

· Unit 1—Investigating Practitioners Work  - Extended Writing (external)

· Unit 2—Developing Skills and Techniques for Live Performance  - Participation in 2 Performances, Presentation, Log book (internal)

· Unit 3—Group Performance Workshop  - Participation in Rehearsals and a Performance, Written Evaluation (external)

This is then supplemented by one additional optional unit, chosen from the following options: Street Dance Technique, Acting Styles, Improvisation, Developing the Voice for Performance, Movement in Performance & Variety Performance.

Where can Performing Arts lead you? Performing Arts supports the development of a number of subject-specific skills such as projection, articulation, spatial awareness, movement memory, breath control, use of emotion, etc. However, Performing Arts also provides learners with the opportunity to develop of a wide range of key skills such as self  confidence, personal discipline, time management, organisation, communication, team work, focus, listening and leadership skills.

The BTEC Level 3 in Performing Arts aims to equip you with the necessary skills, abilities and techniques for you to pursue a career in the performing arts. This may be by giving you the UCAS points needed to study at University. It may be by providing you with a range of different vocational and professional links that you may be able to begin an apprenticeship  working in the industry or even to be able to audition for a professional stage school. It may even be giving you the techniques and confidence to be able to audition for full time paid positions as performers in areas such as cruise ships or holiday entertainment.