Performing Arts Triple Vocational A Level (BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma)

Course Description

This is a predominately practical course with continuous assessment. Throughout the two years you will develop self-confidence, performance skills and techniques in a variety of disciplines and units are selected with your skills in mind. Your teachers have worked professionally in both TV, music, singing and theatre and you will have numerous opportunities to work with external professionals as well as performing to audiences. This course prepares you for a career in the Performing Arts industry. You will become a well-rounded performer ready for higher education or employment.

Entry Requirements

Students will be expected to have five GCSEs at grade 9-4, or a Merit in a relevant vocational Level 2 Diploma (or equivalent). In addition, students will need a grade 4 in GCSE English Language and a minimum grade 3 in Mathematics. This course is equivalent to an A Level course and you will be expected to attend an audition.

Course Content

For the majority of the time you will develop your practical performance skills in our superb studio and theatre environment. Alongside this you will study the performing arts industry and gain an understanding of how you might find employment within it. There is also a supporting performance arts enrichment programme designed to work alongside your course and to help you to develop your practical skills even further.

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 including a large scale musical at a professional theatre. There is also a choir and a band should you wish to develop your skills. Join our Performing Arts Academy to gain access to LAMDA exams and free professional skills workshops supported by The Octagon Theatre.


Equivalent in size to three A Levels. 8 units of which 6 are mandatory and 3 are external. Mandatory content (83%). External assessment (46%).

Enrichment and Work Experience

Staff in the department will support you with your performance technique, your – practical exploration and application of skills and techniques, as well as focus work on any group performances. We will also support your knowledge and skills for employment in performing arts, including self-promotion and marketing.

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.

Future Career Opportunities

You may progress to drama school, dance school or music conservatoire and will be assisted in preparing for auditions. Careers may include becoming a dancer, actor, director, stage manager, teacher, drama therapist or choreographer. You will leave with a broad knowledge of all disciplines and the ability to apply this when auditioning for professional companies.

Why Study at BSFC?

You will be taught by experienced teachers who have worked professionally in the Performing Arts industry in both theatre acting, musical theatre and dance. We also have excellent links with people in the profession and have a Performing Arts Academy which gives you access to have free workshops and performances year round by guests from UCLAN, Liverpool Hope, Arden School of Theatre, The Octagon theatre and Bolton University. We have excellent facilities including recording studios, a dance studio and theatre. Performing Arts 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. Our students succeed and achieve their full potential. We expect our students to be committed to College and our course and we promise to provide you with all the help and support you need to succeed.