BTEC Performing Arts

Course: PEARSON BTEC First Award level 1/2 in Performing Arts -Acting

Examination criteria:

Assessment is continual andlearners are graded on both written and performance work in equal measure.

Core units

1 Individual Showcase External assessment GLH 30 This unit is anexternally marked unit worth 42 marks.

  • Students will be expected to demonstrate soloperformances in two contrasting styles: these can be Acting, Dance or Musicdepending on the individual specialty of the learner.
  • A letter of application supports the performancework. This will take place under controlled assessment conditions (2hrs)

2 Preparation, Performance and Production Internal assessment GLH 30(Final showcase)

Optional specialist units

3 Acting Skills Internal assessment GLH 60

  • The largestof the three units, this unit will allow learners to develop skills in Acting,dance, choreography, movement, voice, stage combat and glee. Learners will alsohave the opportunity to demonstrate their Acting skills in a studioperformance.

Course Description

The BTEC Performing Arts is a new and exciting course ideally suited to students who are creative, imaginative and enjoy performing. It is essential for students considering a career in Acting, Media or Performing Arts; but it is also excellent for developing communication, organisation skills and self-confidence. Students will develop their knowledge of Acting skills through a series of professionally designed workshops covering topics such as; vocal skills, characterisation and stage combat. They will develop their own skills in Performing, both individually and in group work exploring a variety of acting styles, genres and practitioners.

Department Statement

The BTEC Performing Arts course is a popular and exciting course in which students are able to experience a variety of performing opportunities; from monologues to stage combat, from classical theatre to contemporary drama. Students will thoroughly enjoy the

Creativity, group work, independence, theatre visits, set design, in fact, the whole theatrical experience!


Employers value staff that are able to communicate effectively both verbally and confidently with creativity and independence. Performing Arts creates the perfect platform for this, giving students many opportunities to express themselves in an imaginative and creative way. The course is the equivalent to 1 GCSE grade A-C and is recognised by all colleges as part of a suite of qualifications. The Course leads into higher Education Performing Arts courses and ultimately into careers in Acting, Media, Theatre Management and Technical Roles, Broadcasting, Advertising, Teaching and more.

For more information contact Mrs B Pollock/Mrs D Sheehan (Heads of Performing Arts)