Performing Arts (Acting) BTEC Diploma level 3

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Course Overview

This course is about giving you opportunities to perform and to prepare you for the creative industry. You will also develop the vocational skills and professional practice required to perform well. Our highly qualified staff – many with a strong professional background working in theatre, film and television – will be dedicated to giving you those skills.

This course is studied in one year and allows you to achieve a level 3 90 Credit Diploma in Performing Arts (Acting). On the course, you will study a range of theatre styles and practitioners, and engage in a vibrant range of performance opportunities.

If you are aged 16-18, you will be enrolled on a study programme which will include retaking GCSEs or undertaking Functional Skills in English and maths if you haven’t already achieved a grade 4 or above. You will also be required to complete a work experience placement and an employability programme.

What You'll Learn

Year 1

The course involves a variety of core and optional units which are related to the creative industry. The programme is structured through three practical performance projects which examine different approaches, styles and techniques as well as individual units.

On the course you will perform in a friends and family evening; a devised project; a performance workshop project; and a scripted play based on a contemporary playwright. Additional subjects include improvisation, movement, voice, and the development of musical theatre skills. Performances will take place in our own Sue Townsend Theatre based in Leicester city centre.

Entry Requirements

Entry to this course requires one reference. It is desirable that you can demonstrate 90% attendance. A GCSE in both English and maths at grade 4 (C) or above is required. You will be invited to attend a welcome event and an audition: this is to support your careers choice and ensure that we place you on the right programme.

Consideration will be given to all applicants over the age of 19 who do not hold formal English and maths qualifications.

How you will be assessed

Assessment is via coursework and performance. You will need to demonstrate in your work that your skills and understanding are sufficient to pass each unit or achieve higher grades.
Your assignments are assessed internally by the College, and standards are verified by Edexcel. You will be assessed in a variety of ways including rehearsal, performance, workshops, journals, projects, portfolios, blogs, presentations, and essays.

Course Fees

Tuition fees

Tuition Fees (16-18): £0.00

Tuition Fees (19+): £4670.00

Additional Costs

There are theatre trips and visits from practitioners throughout the year which form part of the course and come at an additional expense. There is a mandatory kit requirement which consists of black joggers, black t shirt, and black indoor rehearsal shoes/jazz shoes.
Female learners are required to purchase a rehearsal skirt which will be supplied by the College.

Approximate costs for kit are: £35 (men); £70 (women).

Material Fees



If the course is longer than one year the total fees are for the first year only and further fees may apply in future years. All fees are based on a ‘home’ learner status. Please contact us for information on overseas fees.

For more information, please see our course fee disclaimers page.

If you are aged 19 or over there is no government funding available for this course. However you may be eligible to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan for the course fee.

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What Happens Next

Apply online via the College website, or if your school uses the Positive Steps @16 (PS16) application system please apply through this and speak to your careers advisor if you are unsure. You will need details of your qualifications, a reference, and a personal statement to complete your application. Once your application has been successfully processed, you will be sent a conditional offer and be invited to a Welcome Event at the College to meet your tutors, learn more about your chosen course of study and tour the facilities. You will then need to confirm your acceptance of the course offered to you.

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