Performing Arts Single Vocational A Level (BTEC Extended Certificate)

Course Description

If you enjoy all aspects of performing and want to develop your skills further, then you should definitely be considering our BTEC course. This course provides you with the opportunity to explore a range of performance techniques and styles alongside developing your independent study skills and creativity. You will learn about the industry and all aspects of creating and developing theatre.

Entry Requirements

Students will be expected to have a minimum of two GCSEs at grade 6 and three GCSEs at grade 4 or above including English Language and Mathematics at grade 4. This course may be taken alongside A Level courses and may be more suited to learners with a strong profile of prior attainment in vocational studies. You will be invited to audition for this course. Working at grade 6 GCSE Drama or Merit at Performing Arts Btec is beneficial but previous experience is not essential to gain entry to this course.  Students not studying drama should have a proven record in the interest of drama by having participated in extracurricular clubs and enrichment, for example, drama clubs or school productions. To gain entry to this course you will be required to attend an audition.

Course Content

On this course you will be introduced to a diverse mix of performance skills, alongside developing your ability to analyse and write about theatre practitioners and theories. Over the two years, you will cover:

• Devising Theatre using a stimulus: Devising and performing your own piece of theatre to a live audience.

• Physical Theatre and movement: Exploring how movement, dance and physicality can be used to convey meaning.

• Developing Skills and Techniques for Live Performance: Participate in a variety of practical workshops which will equip you with the skills you need to be a successful performer.

• Investigating Practitioners: Learn and experience different forms and styles of theatre used by a variety of practitioners and professionals in the performance industry.

Future students would benefit from researching the following practitioners and theories in preparation for the course:  Frantic Assembly, Laban movement and efforts, Steven Berkoff and Konstantin Stanislavski.


Assessment consists of 4 units, 2 of which are examined externally. You will be examined in both practical performances and controlled assessments.

Enrichment and Work Experience

Upon entry to a Performing Arts course you will be accepted into the Performing Arts Academy. The academy is an opportunity for our Performance students to participate in professional workshops with industry professionals at The Octagon theatre, universities, drama schools and local casting agencies. You will learn about different career opportunities in the Performing Arts industry and widen your experience and understanding of the professional world of Performing Arts. You will have the opportunity to perform at various events throughout the year, as well as public performances both at our home theatre and larger venues such as The Lowry Theatre in Salford.


Additional Information

Additional to your study, we provide you with the opportunity to visit the theatre to watch professional performances and visit Media City to learn about TV and Radio performance.

We are looking for students who are dedicated to success and ready to learn in a fast paced energetic environment. You will be expected to attend extra rehearsals, study sessions and skills workshops in order to be the best you can be.

Our students also perform in a number of shows and events including national competitions. We also rehearse towards a large scale musical which is performed in a professional theatre.

Links with other subjects:

Most subjects combine well with Performing Arts, however if you are serious about a career in the industry then why not consider a combination of the following subjects: Drama and Theatre Studies, Media Studies, Music, Music Technology, Film Studies, English Literature and English Language.


Future Career Opportunities

This course focuses on developing performance skills, so is ideal if you want to pursue a career as a professional actor/singer/dancer. However, it could also lead on to you becoming a teacher, director, set designer, theatre manager, theatre journalist or writer. A key advantage of studying this course is that it focuses on your abilities to work successfully with others, communication skills and confidence which is beneficial in all types of employment!

Why study at The Sixth Form Bolton?

Our teachers have professional experience in the Performing Arts industry and have developed the Performing Arts Academy. The Academy offers students the opportunity to take LAMDA exams, gain work experience and participate in professional workshops at The Octagon Theatre to develop those wider performance skills. We have free workshops and performances all year round delivered by guests from universities such as UCLAN, Liverpool Hope University, Arden School of Theatre, Sterling Academy, The Octagon Theatre, Bolton University and professional scriptwriters and actors. We have excellent facilities including a theatre, recording studios and dance studio. Drama and Theatre to us is more than just a subject, it’s our passion. If you share this passion then we invite you to join us and be with like-minded people who are all striving to reach the same goal.