Performing Arts BTEC Extended Certificate Acting and Dance level 2 – C0162

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Course Overview

This course is the perfect route if for actors or dancers. If you think you might have what it takes to be a performer, if you are willing to work hard and dedicate yourself to achieving this goal, then this course is the way to prove it. Your work will be based on realistic professional situations and practice. You can choose between an acting or dance route and develop the skills required through specialist classes and performance projects. You will have the opportunity to progress onto one of our level 3 courses in acting, dance or musical theatre after successful completion of the level 2 programme.

If you are aged 16 to 18, you will be enrolled on a study programme. This 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 take part in activities that help you to develop your personal skills, such as building your character and confidence. This will help you to live well and move into your chosen career.

If you are 16-19 years old these activities will be timetabled as will work experience and placement. You can also choose to take part in other activities.
For other age groups, activities will be tailored to your needs.

What You'll Learn

Year 1

You will choose between an acting or dance pathway.

Acting units include performance projects, acting skills and techniques, performing scripted plays, voice and speech, devising, musical theatre, and personal and professional development.

Dance units include performing dance, urban, contemporary dance, ballet, jazz, choreography, personal professional development and performance projects.

Assessment is continuous which means you will be expected to take a mature and professional approach to managing your time, performance work, and written tasks.

You will have the opportunity to visit and work at Sue Townsend Theatre, our professional venue in Leicester city centre. You will also have the opportunity to attend performances to enhance your learning.

Entry Requirements

Entry to this course requires four GCSEs at grade 3 (D) including English (essential) and maths (desirable). You will be required to provide one reference. It is desirable that you can demonstrate 90% attendance. Consideration will be given to all applicants over the age of 19, who do not hold formal English and maths qualifications.

You will be required to perform an audition piece as part of our entry requirements and attend an interview, this is to support your careers choice and ensure that we place you on the right programme for you. You will need to demonstrate some experience, commitment and enthusiasm for the subject. Further audition guidance will be sent to you on application.

We are currently asking all applicants to provide digital audition pieces and attend a video/telephone interview.

How you will be assessed

The majority of the level 2 course is internally assessed, however, there are two externally assessed units. Internal assessment takes place through practical and theoretical assignments. The various methods used include observation of rehearsal and performance work, work sheets, journals, diaries and projects.

Course Fees

Tuition fees

Tuition Fees (16-18): £0.00

Tuition Fees (19+): £2225.00

Additional Costs

Additional costs for the acting course include a kit requirement which consists of black joggers, black t shirt, and black indoor rehearsal shoes/jazz shoes. Approximate cost is £50.

Additional costs for the dance course include a kit requirement which consists of black leotard, black tights, black jazz shoes, and joggers. Approximate cost is £75.

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.

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Course and Career progression

The course provides a good grounding for progression to the Performing Arts Practice BTEC Extended National Diploma level 3. You may apply for a level 3 course in acting, dance, or musical theatre. On completion of level 3 you may apply to our Leicester College higher education courses, university, a drama school, or you could seek employment in the creative industry.

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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