BTEC National Extended Certificate in Performing Arts

BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate

Exam Board:


2 years

Equivalent to: 1 A level

Course Content:

At Alton College on the BTEC Performing Arts course you will develop your skills in drama, dance and singing for staging theatre performances and musicals.  You will investigate successful practitioners’ work; describing, analysing and evaluating dances, plays and songs by influential choreographers, playwrights, drama practitioners, composers and lyricists. The course and the performances you help stage will develop your skills as an actor, dancer and singer.  You will work as part of a group to create performances in response to a specific stimulus. You will also study one specialist unit. These can include musical theatre, storytelling, jazz dance, singing techniques, acting styles, choreography, children’s theatre, improvisation or screen acting.


100% coursework and controlled assessment.

Studying at Alton College:

Lessons activities are varied, from practical technique classes to creative workshops to written analysis tasks. We also organise a huge range of trips to theatres, visiting workshops, alongside many opportunities to perform at College. This is a really exciting course for anyone who wishes to pursue a career within the Performing Arts Industry.

Entry requirements:

Students should normally have achieved at least five GCSEs at grade 9-4, including a 4 in English. Alternatively, if you have studied at Level 2, you should have achieved a merit or above. Vocational courses are an ideal qualification for students who prefer coursework.  To study this course, you should have formal experience of two of the disciplines such as BTEC/GCSE in a Performing Arts subject, external dance, acting or singing grades (I.S.T.D, LAMDA, Trinity etc.) or regular experience via a youth theatre, school musicals, Rock Challenge or similar.

Course costs:

Trips/workshops from £20 each.

Performing Arts works well with:

Drama A Level

Dance A level

Music A level

BTEC Music Performance Jazz or Rock & Pop

English Literature/Language/Language & Literature A Levels

Digital Film and Media Production

Art & Design A Level