Performing Arts – Drama

BTEC National Extended Certificate


Year 1

Unit 1 Investigating Practitioners’ Work

Through practical workshops, class discussion and research you will investigate the work of key performing arts practitioners and develop critical analysis skills and contextual understanding of how practitioners communicate themes in their work.

Unit 2 Developing Skills and Techniques for Live Performance

You will explore technical performance skills with a focus on developing skills and techniques in at least two performance styles culminating in a live performance to an audience in a vocational setting.

Year 2

Unit 3 Group Performance Workshop

You will build on the skills you learned in year one to explore and integrate creative, physical and vocal skills and techniques, working collaboratively with your group to create a performance in response to a given stimulus.

Unit 4 chosen from – Interpreting Classical Text, Acting Styles, Developing the Voice for Performance, Improvisation and Movement in Performance

This unit is tailored to the learner’s skills and abilities. This is an opportunity to develop skills and techniques further from previous units, whilst also exploring new drama and theatre skills.


As a student of Performing Arts you will be able to explore a varied and diverse curriculum in the mediums of Drama and theatre. You will study 3 large units and other optional units to develop your skills in both Drama and theatre.

You will develop skills in Acting in group and solo performance. You will be able to develop research skills to analyse Practitioners’ work and develop your own acting skills and techniques for live performance. You will be given the opportunity to work with Industry professionals in preparation for a career in the Arts and you will be able to gain work experience in your chosen area of study.

Your knowledge and appreciation of performance, production and repertoire will prepare you for further study and practical exploration in Drama and the Performing arts. You will gain both professional and transferable knowledge skills.


Our learners go on to study Performing Arts Foundation degree, Bachelor of Arts in Acting, working as a professional actor in performing arts theatre, film and TV studies. We also have students who find places at drama school to continue their passion of performance, production and developing their skills further, both traditional courses and musical theatre courses.


Performer (actor, actress, musician, dancer); front of house; event management; arts administration; director; wardrobe manager; stage technician; stage manager; production; film; television; news reporter; broadcaster; performance coach; company manager; floor runner; press and PR manager; marketing and development; community outreach leader; choreographer; circus performer; lighting technician; education (primary, secondary or further education).

Additional Entry Requirements

Grade 4 at GCSE English and Drama GCSE / BTEC Level 2 Performing Arts. Previous performing experience is advantageous but not essential.


Practical Workshops – skills workshops and group workshops.

Coursework – written, video evidence, project, presentations.

Assessed practical performances.

Opportunities for work related activities

Theatre trips, touring productions, industry professional visits and workshops.

Auditions for drama, theatre, film and television opportunities.

Links with music and live performance opportunities in the Federation.