Performing Arts

Why choose BTEC Tech Award in Performing Arts?

Assessed with performance-based tasks and assignments, rather than written exams.

  • Content to interest and engage KS4 performing arts students.
  • Clear progression onto Level 3 study for students who want to explore performing arts further.
  • Differentiated grading across both Level 1 and Level 2, with equivalency to the new GCSE grades.


The BTEC Tech Award in Performing Arts course provides learners with:

  • The knowledge, understanding and skills to aid progression to further study and prepare learners to enter the workplace.
  • An understanding of how organisations in the Performing Arts industry operate. The 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 theatre. Key concepts and principles related to the world of Performing Arts. Students choosing the course must understand that there is a performance element to this course often in front of an audience.

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, 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 and a set of transferable skills that has set them in good stead for their future endeavours.


The course is made up of three components, two that are internally assessed and one that is externally assessed.

The three-block structure, explore, develop and apply, has been developed to allow students to build on and embed their knowledge. This allows them to grow in confidence and then put into practice what they have learned.

The.63 assessment structure is also designed so that students can build on what they learn, and develop their skills, as they move through the course.

Exploring the Performing Arts:

• Internally assessed assignments - 30% of the total course.


Developing Skills and Techniques in the Performing Arts:

• Internally assessed assignments - 30% of the total course.


Performing to a Brief:

• Externally assessed task - 40% of the total course.



  • 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.
  • 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.


(Jan 19)