Performing Arts

Head of Subject: Miss Hyslop:


The BTEC Performing Arts Level 1/2 First Award course provides learners with:

The knowledge,understanding and skills to aid progression to further

study and prepare learners to enter the workplace in due course

An understanding of how organisations in the Performing Arts industry operateThe key skills required to work in the industry, including the flexibility to follow an endorsed pathway in any one of the following: performance, acting, dance, production or musical theatreKey concepts and principles related to the world of Performing Arts.

Due to the students centered nature of the course students are able to follow units chosen to reflect their interests and abilities. Students will follow a specific dance or drama pathway.

Over the course of learning and through student centered units of work the course will inspire and enthuse learners with an interest in performing arts would like to further their skills, knowledge and understanding of one of these strands, with a view to progressing to further study and perhaps a career within the sector. The course has proven invaluable in giving students a sense of responsibility, maturity and confidence that has set them in good stead for their future endeavors.


The BTEC course has been designed to ensure students have a robust, broad-based learning experience, the varying units deliver the essential knowledge and applied skills required by the performing arts sector. This means that students can be confident that they have gained a solid grounding in the essential knowledge and ‘work-ready’ skills which further education and employers seek, as well as experiencing an enjoyable and engaging programme.

The course programme consists of:

Core Units

All qualification sizes in the sector share a common core of two compulsory units

totalling 60 guided learning hours (GLH).

● Core units are designed to cover the body of content that employers and educators

within the sector consider essential for 14–19 year old learners.

● One unit will be internally assessed and one unit will be externally assessed

Optional specialist units

The remainder of the qualifications in the sector will be formed from optional

specialist units.

● Optional specialist units are sector specific, focus on a particular area within the

vocational sector and

BTEC Level1/2 First Award is a level 2 qualification; the grades are Level 2 Pass, Level 2 Merit, Level 2 Distinction and Level 2 Distinction*. Learners who do not achieve at Level 2 may

be graded at Level 1.

The specification contains two forms of assessment:

Internal and External Assessment

Teaching Area

Well-maintained, classrooms, Resource centre, Media Suite, Gym, Fully Equipped stage


Fully equipped stage and production system

Workshops by visiting artists

Use of ICT suites

Use of Ipads and Ipods

Extra Curricular

Visits to see live performance of drama and dance

Visits to school by outside experts

Opportunities to take part in school productions – both backstage and onstage

Opportunities to work with local primary schools in a leadership role

Regular dance and drama rehearsals


100% pass rate

Students regularly achieving above their predicted grade

Many students have left course with a sense of confidence, positivity and inspiration

Students going on to further education courses for dance and drama in college, 6th form and university