Performing Arts

BTEC National Extended Certificate in Performing Arts – Acting OR Dance

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Overview of the course:

A BTEC national extended Certificate in Performing Arts (Acting OR Dance) is the equivalent in size to one A-level. The qualification is made up of 4 units, of which 3 are mandatory and 2 are external. Mandatory content (83%). External assessment (58%). The Extended Certificate is for learners who are interested in learning about the acting or dance aspect of the Performing Arts Industry.

Course Details

Both Acting and Dance pathways contain the following mandatory units:

  • Investigating Practitioners’ Work
  • Developing Skills and Techniques for Liver Performance
  • Group Performance Workshop

Learners then split off in to their specialist disciplines and will study further units form the following:


  • Interpreting Classical Text for Performance
  • Acting Styles
  • Developing the Voice for Performance
  • Improvisation
  • Movement in Performance
  • Musical Theatre techniques


  • Classical Ballet Technique
  • Tap dance Technique
  • Jazz Dance Technique
  • Street Dance Technique
  • Contemporary Dance Techniques


Acting and Dance Pathways comprise of external, internal and synoptic assessments.

The styles of external assessment used for qualifications in the performing arts suite are:

set tasks: learners take the assessment during a defined window and demonstrate understanding through completion of a vocational task

Performance: learners prepare for assessment over an extended window and demonstrate skills that generate some non-written evidence.

With internal assessment within the qualification, learners will be given opportunities to:
Write up the findings of their own research, Use case studies to explore complex or unfamiliar situations, Carry out projects for which they have choice over the direction and outcomes, Demonstrate practical and technical skills using appropriate techniques and processes.

Synoptic assessment requires learners to demonstrate that they can identify and use effectively, in an integrated way, an appropriate selection of skills, techniques, concepts, theories and knowledge from across the whole sector as relevant to a key task.

Possible Career Paths 

Performer, musician, cruise-ship entertainer, radio/broadcasting, studio engineer, music publisher, teacher, choreographer, director to name but a few! Successful students have gone on to start in the West End as well as release their own albums.