Performing Arts - BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate

If you are passionate about the Arts and love to perform then BTEC Performing Arts could be the course for you. Do you want to develop your skills in Drama and Dance? The Performing Arts course at South Sefton College will train you in the two arts disciplines of Drama and Dance developing your skills and making you a fully rounded performer.

Please note:
This course is only available to students studying two A-levels at the Sixth Form Centre at the South Sefton Campus. Students are only permitted to study one BTEC alongside two A-levels.

What topics/modules are covered?

You will study a total of four units, two in the first year and two in the second year. In Year 1, you will focus on exploring the work of practitioners of dance and drama and develop your performance skills and techniques for live performance. In Year 2, you will study two further units including the opportunity to develop your performance skills through a variety of practical workshops.

What are the entry requirements?

If you intend to study a programme of A-levels:

  • To study a programme of A-levels (plus a re-sit in GCSE maths if needed), you will need a minimum of five GCSEs at grades 9-4 including English Language (grade 4 or above).

If you intend to study a combination of A-levels and BTEC:

  • To study a combination of A-levels and BTEC Extended Certificate (plus a re-sit in GCSE maths or English if needed), you will need a minimum of four grades 9-4 at GCSE plus 1 BTEC equivalent. If you have studied a subject at GCSE/Level 2, you must get a grade at least at 9-4/Pass, if it is to be studied.

Additional entry requirements:

  • Specific skills required - It is essential that you have experience of working in at least one of the two arts disciplines of Drama and Dance. This might come from your GCSE studies or from classes/clubs that you attend outside of school/college.

The College will always treat each applicant as an individual. Should you not have or not expect to obtain the grades stated above, or not have relevant industry-related experience, the College would still welcome your application for this course as this will enable us to identify whether this course is, in fact, the right course for you or whether another course may be more appropriate.

All course offers will be subject to satisfactory interview and reference.

How will I be assessed?

  • Unit 1 – Investigating Practitioner’s Work Supervised written assessment task
  • Unit 2 – Developing Skills and Techniques for Live Performance Coursework
  • Unit 3 – Group Performance Workshop
  • Supervised practical assessment task
  • Unit 4 – Further Development of Dance and Drama Skills

What can I do if I complete this course?

  • University
  • Higher/Degree Apprenticeship
  • Employment

Career Path

Studying Performing Arts will provide you with the skills needed to progress to further training in performing arts or dance/drama including university or arts school.

What qualification will I gain?

BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate in Performing Arts.

Start date



2 years.

Where will I be based?

Sixth Form Centre, South Sefton Campus.

Terms, Conditions and Disclaimer

We reserve the right to make changes and improvements to the provision of courses and other details. There are minimum numbers of students required for each course to run. Should there be insufficient numbers to run a particular course, then every effort will be made to enrol you on a similar, appropriate course.

Last modified on Monday, 27 November 2017 11:50