Performing Arts

Entry Requirements

An appropriate attitude to learning and Grade 5 or equivalent in Drama, Dance or, if no previous experience, the ability to demonstrate a keen interest in the subject.

What does the course involve?

The course is 60% Practical and 40% theory.

There are 4 units in this course, of which 3 are mandatory. The 4th Unit can either be a Dance or Drama unit.

Unit 1 – Investigating Practitioners’ Work: A research unit into a Performing Arts Practitioner using critical analysis and extended writing skills that aim to support students’ progress to higher education.

Unit 2 - Developing Skills and Techniques for Live Performance: An induction into the performing arts, students will develop the appropriate skills and techniques in various performance disciplines such as acting, dance, musical theatre and physical theatre.

Unit 3 – Group Performance Workshop: Students will develop physical techniques, as well as wider transferable skills such as being able to work collaboratively, personal management, being able to give and take direction and confidence in front of an audience.

“Drama is every aspect of life.” Danielle Body

What can the course lead to?

The BTEC course is a nationally recognised qualification worth a maximum of 56 UCAS points (for a Distinction* grade).

Learners who generally achieve a Level 3 Merit or above might consider progression to enter employment or apprenticeships in the performing arts industry.

Higher education by studying a degree in the performing arts or production arts areas. Depending on the subjects taken alongside, opportunities include:

  • BA (Hons) in Performing Arts
  • BA (Hons) in Media Studies with Theatre
  • BA (Hons) in Psychology
  • BA (Hons) in English Studies
  • BA (Hons) in Business Studies.

Past Chase students’ progression ranges from designing Broadway shows, acting and performing in the West End, becoming English and Drama teachers or journalists or leading managers in the business world.

Why study performing arts?

The performing arts are a major part of the creative and cultural industries in the UK. Overall, the industry contributes £3.5 billion to the UK economy. There are 5,480 businesses and 101,593 people working in the performing arts sector (Pearson BTEC Spec, 2016).

The qualification is designed to occupy one third of a typical study programme, which could include other vocational or academic qualifications, such as another BTEC National or A Levels.

“Great dancers are not great because of their technique, they are great because of their passion.” Martha Graham