BTEC First Award Performing Arts (Year11)

  • Acting
  • Dance
  • Musical Theatre (Singing, Dance and Drama)
  • Production

(Students choose one specialism from these—please note it is not possible to study more than one of these courses)

Syllabus Title: BTEC Performing Arts
Exam Board: EDEXCEL
Exam Details: BTEC Level 2 First Award

The BTEC in Performing Arts offers broad educational opportunities for students to study a vocational qualification. Students have the opportunity to choose Acting, Dance, Musical Theatre or Production as their specialism. It is aimed at those who wish to work in the field of performing arts. The course includes all aspects of the performance world as well as acting, music and dance.

The course is structured as follows:

Edexcel BTEC Level 2 First Award in Performing Arts mandatory units:

1 Individual Showcase (Externally Assessed)  - Learners will complete a letter of application and a presentation/audition in response to a selected progression opportunity. There will be a selection of four pre-released progression opportunities for each academic year. The assessment activity will take place under controlled conditions and this will be assessed by an external examiner.
2 Preparation, Performance and Production (Internally Assessed)

Optional specialist unit—(students will complete one unit from the list below depending on their specialism).

3 Acting Skills Internal
4 Dance Skills Internal
5 Musical Theatre Skills Internal
6 Production Skills for Performance Internal

Work is assessed by case studies, assignments, performance observations, rehearsal logs and projects. Internally assessed work is moderated by BTEC Examiners.

The Award is studies at Level 2 and equivalent to a GCSE at A*-C  / 9-5 grades. In some exceptional circumstances students may be entered for the Level 1 qualification (GCSE D-G / 4-1).

Performing Arts is a practical subject, which requires commitment and dedication and    doing the Acting, Musical Theatre or Dance strand will of course include performing to the public as part of the course.

This is an ideal course for those interested in Performing Arts, the make up and skills  needed in this industry and career progression into the Performing Arts Industry. Performing Arts allows students the opportunity to experiment and take risks; develop teamwork and communication skills and build self-confidence and professional abilities.


There are several progression routes that students who achieve a Merit or above on this course could take at post-16 – all of which are available at our Sixth Form RR6:

  • A Level in Drama and Theatre Studies
  • BTEC National  Level 3 Production Arts.
  • BTEC National Level 3 Performing Arts with routes in Acting or Dance

Performing Arts can benefit students who wish to pursue a career in the arts, media, the communications industry, law, marketing and any career which deals with the public or presentations in business.

Mr Ralton (Head of Drama)
Ms Siviter (Head of Dance)
Mrs Bisceglie, (Production)
Ms Harwicke (Production)