Performing Arts Level 3
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Performing Arts
You can study this course as a dance specialist, drama specialist or a combination of both. At Southfields Academy we run this course as a dance only course (so this can be studied alongside a drama specialist course to obtain a holistic performing arts education).
There are mandatory and optional units. The optional units are practical and chosen in light of the group of students we have on the course, this may be an area of the performing arts the class particularly enjoys or is keen to explore further. This may be a study or urban dance practices, ballet, contemporary of jazz. The performing arts department always plays to the strengths and areas of interest that her students have.
Learners will gain a taste and an appreciation of performing arts, through knowledge and experience of the performance process. Learners will also have the opportunity to develop a range of skills, techniques and personal attributes which will be valuable across all areas of future study and work. Practical skills and techniques as well as critical analysis skills and a contextual understanding of practitioners’ work will underpin each unit.
This course leads directly onto studying dance at higher education and, as a vocational qualification, it will support learners in working at industry level.
The combination of mandatory content and optional units means that the qualification in Performing Arts can be tailored to suit all sector needs from acting and dance to musical theatre to community-focused projects. All of the mandatory units can be delivered as a specialist route or across a broader discipline. With this in mind this qualification can lead to professional work in all areas of the industry. The demands within the performing arts industry mean learners need to be able to manage deadlines well, work effectively with others and communicate their ideas in different ways. This assessment methodology now more closely matches experiences learners will have in employment and thus increases their chances of successful progression.