Performing Arts (Acting) BTEC

Performing Arts BTEC is a two year course designed as the first steps in developing as an actor, and supports progression to HE. The course is intended as an introduction to the Performing Arts sector and includes two units in the first year for the Certificate and two further units for the Extended Certificate in the second year.

Montage of BTEC acting students

  • Course Outline
    • Investigating Practitioners work.

      Learners investigate the work of performing arts practitioners and develop critical analysis skills and contextual understanding of how practitioners communicate themes in their work.

      The unit is assessed externally through a 3 hour research based written task under controlled conditions.
      Developing Skills and Techniques for live performance.

      Learners explore technical performance skills with a focus on developing skills and techniques in at least two performance styles.

      The unit is assessed internally through a portfolio including a written report, a practical performance and a logbook.
      In the second year students can progress to study modules that begin to prepare students for higher education courses in this area and others.
      Group performance workshop.

      Learners explore and integrate creative skills and techniques, working collaboratively to create a performance in response to given stimulus.

      The unit is assessed externally through 5 hour research and performance task created under controlled conditions and includes a group performance and a digital log.
      Another optional unit will be studied in the second year from a choice including Acting Styles or Improvisation. The optional units are assessed internally by teachers at College.

  • Career opportunities and further study
    • Students completing the BTEC will be aiming to go into either employment or to progress to Higher Education.

      Auditioning for Drama school and / or University is extremely popular and many Aquinas students have chosen this path.

  • Trips and Events
    • Performing in showcase evenings of production work is a course requirement. Attending theatre trips, external workshops and engaging with work experience opportunities are vital parts of the course and are in some cases compulsory.

Entry Requirements

You can download provisional entry requirements for 2018 courses below. Please note that your enrolment on to a particular course must be approved by the Head of that department.

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