Performing Arts

BTEC Performing Arts

This course is the perfect introduction to the performing arts suitable for those with lots or little experience of acting on the live stage.  This course will enable you to develop performance skills and techniques for live shows as well as critically and practically analyse the work of performing arts practitioners.  As well as strengthening your understanding of the performing arts this course will also help to equip you with many other valuable transferable skills such as confidence, resilience and team work.  You will have many performance opportunities across the course some of which will be over at the Teesdale site alongside the musical theatre and acting learners.

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Duration: 1 year (with option of extending to a full A level equivalent in Year 2)
Starting date: September 2019
Location: Bede Sixth Form

You will learn through a combination of practical hands on experience creating performance material for a range of audiences as well as learning skills to develop your understanding of performance as a craft. You will learn about different performing arts practitioners and their styles and will be given ample opportunities to practically explore these.  There will also be opportunities to deepen and strengthen your understanding of performance by performing alongside the Teesdale campus throughout the year.

You will learn through a combination of practical workshops, seminars, research activities, group work and individual preparation.  You will also have one on one support throughout the year to support you to truly get the best from your studies.

You are assessed in a variety of ways across this subject including assessment through your performance.  You will study two units within this qualification one of which is an external exam.   You will also study a practical unit where you are assessed through coursework and through your practical skills across at least two performances.

Predominantly A*/9-C/4 grades in at least 7 GCSEs, including GCSE English and Maths.

You will need to bring comfortable and appropriate clothing to sessions that you can move in.

In addition to developing your abilities as an actor, you will also have the opportunity to improve your dance, vocal, singing vocal and personal management skills. You will have access to industry standard camera and editing equipment, as well as freedom to use our state-of-the-art recording studio.

After this one year qualification you could return for a further year to study the BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Performing Arts.  This will strengthen your knowledge of the subject as it includes a devising unit to put into practice all of your skills learned in year one as well as a further optional unit that will be chosen to suit the needs of the individual performers within the group.

  • Amazing facilities both at the Bede campus and Teesdale (where some performance content will take place) Theatre spaces fully equipped with lighting and sound equipment to ensure your practical work is to a professional standard.
  • A highly practical course with a focus on learning through doing that allows you to explore the roles and skills of performers as well as take part in live performances throughout the year.
  • Inspirational teaching staff who will support you every step of the way ensuring that all practical work explored is tailored to your individual needs and interests.