Level 3 Certificate in Performing Arts BTEC

Course Content

The course explores the practice, theories and purposes of theatre and drama in both contemporary and historical contexts. You will be given a range of opportunities to explore and develop practical skills, and understanding through improvisation, text and devised performances. Though this is a predominantly practical course, students are expected to regularly read plays and complete written assignments.

In the first year you will study 3 units which could be a combination of areas of performing arts including Improvisation, TV/Film acting, developing voice for the actor, contemporary theatre, radio acting and developing acting techniques.

If you continue your studies into year 2 you will study a further 3 units culminating in the rehearsal and production planning of major performance work in front of an audience.

Course Format

You will learn through practical workshops and rehearsals and class room based theory sessions.

Special Features

You will regularly visit theatres to see productions and will participate in workshops led by visiting theatre companies, TV/Film directors and casting agents.

Entry Qualifications

5 GCSEs at grade C or above and relevant experience in drama. All applicants will be required to prepare an audition piece(2 minute monologue)


After successfully completing the first year the students will gain the Level 3 Certificate which is equivalent to an AS, students can then decide to continue onto year 2 to gain the Subsidiary Diploma which will be equivalent to the full A2. After the 2 years the majority of students progress onto Higher Education to further their drama studies working towards either HND’s or Degrees in Drama or one of their other A level subjects. There will be guidance throughout the course to make you aware of opportunities for further study and career opportunities within the industry.

How will my progress be assessed?:

Through theatre performances, rehearsals and written evaluations.


For enquiries please contact the College on 0161 908 6789 or web: www.tameside.ac.uk/contact.

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