Performing Arts – Drama

BTEC National Extended Certificate


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.

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