Why choose this subject?

The performing arts industry is one of the largest industries in the world. It includes areas of work such as theatre, music studios, concert venues, museums, education, media and television. It provides a wealth of job opportunities within the UK and abroad.

BTECs are an excellent basis from which to enter the world of work or progress to higher education. It allows learners to develop many work based and personal skills, expanding knowledge of the performing arts industry, and allows them to look at different areas of the industry as possible career routes.

This is also an ideal course for those wishing to pursue a career in dance, acting or musical theatre at a vocational performing arts institute.

How will this subject be delivered?

This course will delivered through a variety of practical units covering the three disciplines of dance, music and acting. Units include
• developing skills and techniques for live performance
• acting styles
• storytelling
• jazz
• ballet
• contemporary
• group performance workshop
• Investigating practitioners’ work
• Employment opportunities in the Performing Arts.

These will be varied but will include a lot of practical work, some theory work, case studies, talks and tasks led by outside speakers, plus group planning exercises. The majority will be practical lessons, including workshops. Throughout the course there will be performing opportunities in various locations. Students must be prepared to go out of school on visits. Students will spend some lessons in ICT suites as the coursework needs to be word processed.

How is it assessed?

The majority of units are internally assessed and externally moderated. Some core units are externally assessed. Practical assessments will take place through live performances to an invited audience.

Subject specific entry requirements

Five GCSE grades at 5-9 including Mathematics and English at grade 5 or above. Merit/grade 6 or above in one or more of the following BTEC/GCSE subjects: Music, Dance or Drama. Students will also be expected to audition for a place on the course.


The BTEC Level 3 courses are recognised by the performing arts industry, drama colleges and universities as meeting their entrance criteria.

Additional costs relating to this course

There may be additional costs for appropriate clothing, footwear, trips and equipment for this course.