Exam Board & Code: Pearson BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Performing Arts (Acting) Code: 500/6919/6
Course: 1 year course (3 units) is called the Certificate and 2 year course (6 units) is called the Subsidiary Diploma which is worth a full A-level

What is Performing Arts about?

This course gives you an appreciation and deep understanding of a wide range of Acting and Performance Skills, whilst also providing essential skills, techniques and disciplines needed for a career in the Performing Arts sector. This course gives you the opportunity to develop an already existing talent.

Is this course for me?

This is definitely the course for you if you have studied L2 BTEC Performing Arts or GCSE Drama and have a real passion for acting and performance. You will require an extensive range of practical skills, as well as the ability to discuss and write about your process, exploration in rehearsal and final performances. Methods of assessment include rehearsal observations, logbooks, viva voce, and filmed performances.

What else do I need to know?

This course will require you to demonstrate your commitment regularly, in terms of:
  • Group work
  • After-School Rehearsals as homework
  • Effort with the written work
  • Meeting Deadlines

What do other students say?

This course gave me an exciting opportunity to develop my acting skills, where I have learnt to perform in various styles such as Physical Theatre. I loved the unit of work on improvisation, always spontaneously coming up with new ideas.
Through the different units, I explored in depth my physical and vocal skills, and played a range of characters. The Acting Auditions unit, has helped me to prepare a repertoire for university auditions and I feel excited about a possible future career in Performing Arts, which this course has given me the confidence to do.

Where could it lead?

Past Performing Arts students have gone on to do degree Courses at institutes such as the University of Chichester, Bournemouth Arts University, East 15 Drama School, and the Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts.

How is this course structured?

Students are required to take six units across the two years, of which two must be the core units.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 Performing Arts (Acting)
Unit content Unit assessment
7: Performing to an audience (core) The aim of this unit is to give learners experience of performing a role as part of an ensemble presenting rehearsed work to a live audience in an appropriate vocational setting.
19: Principles of Acting (core) In this unit, learners will study the key principles of acting. These will be explored mainly through practical workshops, tutor-led rehearsals and performances to a live audience.
The four other possible units include:
Unit 15 Variety Performance
Unit 21 Improvisation
Unit 33 Applying Physical Theatre
Unit 18 Acting Auditions