BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate

(1 A-level equivalent)

Subject Information

This course is designed to give you an understanding of the employment opportunities available within the Performing Arts industry as well as developing your practical skills across a range of disciplines. You will have the opportunity to work in professional contexts on a range of projects as well as developing your skills in areas of the Performing Arts that you enjoy. You will be given ample opportunity to perform to an audience as well as leading and participating in extra curricular activities. The course will appeal to those of you wishing to pursue a career in the Performing Arts or those who simply want to continue studying the subject to a higher level.

It is hoped that pupils wishing to undertake this course will have experience in one or more of the disciplines of Music, Dance and Drama, whether this be a formal qualification or through participation in private tuition.

The BTEC course will enable you to build a broad portfolio of work across the three disciplines rather than specialising in one particular area. This is particularly advantageous if you want to apply for a degree course.

The BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate is a four unit course and equivalent to 1 ‘A’ Level.

Compulsory Units

  • Unit 1: Investigating Practitioners’ Work – Externally assessed task completed in controlled time to a preset brief. This is an extended written task based on the work of a performer.
  • Unit 2: Developing Skills and Techniques for Live Performance – Internally Assessed unit focusing on the preparation and rehearsal of a live performance.
  • Unit 3: Group Performance Workshop – Externally assessed task completed in controlled time. This is a performance task in response to a preset brief.

Optional Units

Optional Units can be selected from a broad range of skills, focussing on Acting, Singing or Dancing depending on the individuals particular strengths and can be varied should it be deemed appropriate to do so. These are internally assessed and externally moderated.


The BTEC Level 3 Extended certificate in Performing qualifies for UCAS points and many students who successfully complete this course go on to study the subject at Foundation level or gain direct entry onto Degree courses.

Further Information

Please see:
Miss Farnie