What Will I Study?

Extended Certificate in Performing Arts

360 GLH equivalent in size to one A level. The course is comprised of four units, three are mandatory and one is optional


  •  Unit 1: Investigating Practitioner’s work
  •  Unit 2: Developing Skills for Live Performance
  •  Unit 3: Group Performance Workshop

Optional Units (Dependent on cohort’s strengths/ interests):

  • Unit 10: Jazz Dance
  • Unit 12: Contemporary Dance

Diploma in Performing Arts

720 Guided learning hours. Equivalent in size to two A levels. The course is comprised of eight units, six are mandatory and two are optional. In addition to the Extended Certificate units, which students will study:


  • Unit 4: Performing Arts in the Community
  • Unit 5: Individual Performance Commission
  • Unit 6: Final Live Performance

Optional Units (Dependent on cohort’s strengths/ interests):

  • Unit 8: Classical Ballet Technique
  • Unit 9: Tap Dance
  • Unit 13: Healthy Dancer
  • Unit 21: Improvisation

Entry Requirements

  • GCSE Dance Grade B or above/ BTEC Level 2 Performing Arts Merit or above
  • GCSE English Grade 4 and GCSE Maths Grade 4


The course is assessed through a range of assessment types and styles suited to vocational qualifications in the sector. There are two main forms of assessment: internal and external. Most units are internally assessed and subject to external standards verification. The styles of external assessment are examination and set tasks. Emphasis is on practical assessment along with written coursework.

Where Next?

The BTEC Performing Arts courses can lead to a range of higher educational training routes, whether that is further vocational training at a conservatoire specialising in Performing Arts or a university. BTEC’s in Performing Arts are widely regarded by these institutions as equipping students with relevant practical skills. They provide excellent progression in to higher education because of their application to the real world.