Performing Arts (Drama)

Entry Requirements 

Minimum grade 4 or equivalent in GCSE English. A minimum of a level 4 in GCSE Drama or merit in a vocational course.


About the Course

The BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma in Performing Arts (Drama route) is a qualification aimed at those who want to progress to higher education and employment in the performing arts sector, but teaches skills that are transferable to all professions. The qualification is equivalent in size to one and a half A Levels, but is studied in one option block.

This is a performance course so students will be expected to perform in several shows and showcases throughout the year. You will need to attend extra rehearsals in order to complete your devising work. You will also be expected to perform in the community as this will be part of your assessment. Alongside the practical work you are required to write essays and complete a research journal to build your evidence of work.


Course Content & Assessment

Learners have to complete six units of work on specific topics, designed to develop and enhance performance skills. Students will study four mandatory units which focus on research, rehearsal, performing and evaluating. There are two optional units which can be tailored to student’s specific skill sets.

There are three main forms of assessment that you need to be aware of: external, internal and synoptic. This means that marks can be awarded for the exploration and creation of work, not just the final project. Two of the mandatory units are externally assessed and the remaining four units are internally assessed. There is one written exam to complete.


What could this course lead to?

In addition to the performing arts sector-specific content, this qualification provides learners with the opportunity to develop all-round performance skills and transferable skills such as confidence, personal discipline, time management and organisational skills which are highly regarded by higher education and employers.


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