Performing Arts
BTEC Level 3

Awarding Body: EdExcel, Pearson

Qualification Level(s)

Equivalent to one A level

Course Description

The course will enable you to study the combined performance disciplines at a higher level. The course allows you to develop self-confidence, presentation skills, personal discipline, time management and group work skills which are highly regarded by both employers and in higher education.

You should have studied Drama or Dance at GCSE and achieved a Grade 4 or above, or have achieved a level 2 performing arts qualification at Merit or above. However, students with performance experience outside of school may also apply.

As an international student you must:

  • Demonstrate a suitable level of academic English, normally at CEFR level B1. For Tier Visa applications Portsmouth College recommends a minimum IELTS score of 5.5 overall (with no component lower than 5) to best succeed in your studies.
  • Demonstrate that you are competent to study at Level 3 in your chosen subjects during your application, including certificates of your qualifications and subject specific requirements such as evidence of an art portfolio for entry on to one of our Art courses.
  • Successfully complete a Skype interview with the College to discuss and assess your choices.

You will study acting, singing and dance from a vocational perspective, learning the skills a performer needs for either higher level study or, in some cases, initial entry into the industry. You will take part in practical workshops in acting, singing and dancing, and assessed performances to audiences covering a range of performance styles and genres.

This course will develop and enhance your skills in the disciplines of acting, singing and dancing. Through practical performance work you will gain a further understanding of how these key skills work alongside each other. You will explore a range of practitioners within these disciplines, all of which will extend your appreciation and knowledge of performing arts.

BTEC Level 3 Performing Arts is a vocational course and you will be assessed through a variety of scenarios that reflect the skills required to work in the performing arts industry. 50% of the course is internally assessed and 50% is assessed through tasks set and marked by the exam board.

Rock Challenge is an excellent opportunity for students to showcase their performance abilities through dancing, acting and storytelling. It is also a fantastic opportunity for students to gain experience working as a member of the stage crew, being involved in the performing arts from a behind-the-scenes perspective.

Many students go on to study performing arts at a higher level, at a university or a dance/drama school. There are many opportunities within the arts industry, for example in stage-management, lighting technician and more.

External assessments take place in January and June of the second year. Internal assessments are continuous throughout the two year course.