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 qualification allows you the flexibility of studying the subject for one year to gain a certificate or two years for the full extended certificate. Another advantage is that you have the freedom to study other A levels at the same time.

Entry Requirements

Students will be expected to have a minimum of two GCSEs at grade 6 and three GCSEs at grade 4 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.

Course Content

On this course you will be introduced to a diverse mix of skills, which will help develop all aspects of performance. Units you will study may include:

• Devising Theatre: Devising and performing your own piece of theatre to a live audience.
• Physical Theatre: Exploring how movement including 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.

BTEC lessons are very active and you will be assessed during rehearsals, in performances and via written documentation.



Assessment consists of six internally assessed units (coursework). You are continually assessed throughout the course on written assignments, day-to-day rehearsals and final performances.

Enrichment and Work Experience

Do you want to be the next stage star? Then join Performing Arts Enrichment. Each year the Performing Arts students perform in a number of shows and events. Not only do we visit the theatre but we also rehearse towards a large scale musical which is performed in a professional theatre. We also have a Performing Arts Academy which provides you with the opportunity to work with professionals in the industry and develop your performance skills.

Additional Information

Upon entry to a Performing Arts course you will be accepted into the Performing Arts Academy. The academy is an opportunity for our Performing Arts students to participate in professional workshops with industry professionals exclusive at The Octagon theatre.  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.  The Octagon theatre and Bolton University provide you with exclusive workshops and sessions.

Students are also provided with the opportunity to study for their LAMDA performance exams in association with Sterling Academy, whilst a range of top Universities visit us throughout the year to provide talks and workshops with the mindset of getting you industry ready.

Links with other subjects:

Many of our students also study A Level Drama, Music, Music Technology, English, Media and Law, which complement the BTEC units you will study. Additionally, the transferable skills you gain from studying BTEC Performing Arts will help you in almost every subject.

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 BSFC?

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 and dance studio. You will also have the opportunity to attend live productions in professional theatres. We expect commitment and enthusiasm from our students, and we promise to deliver this in return! Your Performing Arts experience is not confined to lesson times, as a department we work hard to ensure that our students get the best grades possible. This includes supervising extra rehearsals, providing one to one written support, giving detailed feedback, setting targets, and helping your prepare performance resources such as costumes and music.