Entry requirements

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  • Six GCSEs 9-4 (or A*-C)
  • Two from English, Maths OR Science
  • Two at least grade 6

This is equivalent to 1 A Level and can be taken alongside other A-level courses, including alongside A Level Drama.

The course is ideal for any student who wishes to progress their career in acting, performance or go into the creative industries. The course is a vocational qualification that enables students to develop their performance skills to a very high level and to learn the graft and craft of acting. Although it is predominately practical by nature you will take part in theory sessions to deepen your understanding of Drama and the industry. It is a nationally recognised qualification by well-established Universities and Drama Schools.


All BTEC Performing Arts students will also work towards a LAMDA Acting qualification in a bespoke LAMDA session

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What will I Study on the course?

In the first year you will study 2 units:

  • Unit 1:  Investigating Practitioners’ work
  • Unit 2: Developing skills and techniques for live performance

In the second year you will study a further 2 units:

  • Unit 3: Group performance workshop
  • Unit 19: Acting styles

How am I assessed?


The majority of your learning will take place in purpose built theatre and rehearsal studio where you will develop specific acting techniques and skills. You will learn through rehearsing, performing and research. You will be assessed through a blend of coursework and externally set examination tasks from the board. You will reflect on your practical rehearsal and performance work. creating supporting logs/evaluations of the work you have produced.



Many students who have completed their training with us have gone onto professional work and to prestigious drama schools and university including: East 15, LAMDA, Arts Educational, ALRA, Mountview, Central School of Speech and Drama.