Course Title BTEC Level 2 Extended Certificate in Performing Arts
Level: 2
Code Y132

Overview of the Course

The course is an exciting introduction to the vocational study of the Performing Arts industry. You will have the opportunity to work individually and as part of a team within a performance environment. You will learn to develop a professional approach to all aspects of the entertainment industry. You will also have the opportunity to go on theatre trips and take part in workshops with external practitioners from the industry. Successful completion of the course at Merit is equivalent to three GCSEs at grades A*-C. You will study topics such as Acting Skills, Performing Scripted Plays, Devising Performance Plays, The Performing Arts Industry, Dance and Movement Skills.

What are the career opportunities?

Future careers may include; Actor, Dancer, Choreographer, Performer, Teacher, Stage Technician, Producer, Promoter, Composer, Director and Stage Manager.

What are the entry requirements?

Four GCSE grade A*-D (9-3) and a degree of performance ability demonstrated in an audition.

How long is the course and when can I start?

A full-time one year course starting in September.

How is the course structured and how will I be assessed?

The course consists of a range of mandatory and specialist optional units studied during the year. You will be assessed by assignments set over projects and given feedback of what grade you are awarded and what you should be working on to improve. The final graded unit will be graded Pass, Merit or Distinction. All internal assessment and grading decisions are subjected to external moderation.

What employability skills will I develop on this course?

To be successful in the Performing Arts industry you will need to get on with people from all walks of life, enjoy being part of a team, as well as working well on your own, whilst meeting deadlines. You will also be good at solving problems, using computer software, understanding instructions, getting things done on time and making decisions and working under pressure. English and communication skills are particularly important, you need to be able to listen carefully to identify the needs of stakeholders, respond effectively to questions in an open and friendly manner and maintain written records of work completed. Carrying out calculations and problem solving is a daily feature of working in the Performing Arts industry. You will need to be able to accurately calculate the cost of materials, resources and performance requirements and work to critical project timelines. You will also need to apply maths to prepare estimates and final costings for your income and expenditure during your career.

Work experience

Work experience is an essential element of your Study Programme and you will be supported to secure meaningful work experience opportunities throughout the course. This will allow you to gain first hand exposure to the sector you wish to work in, start to develop key employability skills and most importantly confirm your career goals.

Study programme enrichment opportunities

Your Study Programme will support personal development to ensure you make good progress and acquire the skills required for successful progression to employment, an apprenticeship or higher education. You will have the opportunity to take part in fundraising events, extra curricula activities, course related visits from industry experts and careers events. There will be opportunities to go to professional performances and perform in a variety of venues.

Are there any additional costs or requirements?

Costs may incur for external trips and visits.


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