BTEC Level 2 Extended Certificate inPerforming Arts

The Level 2 Performing Arts course is a practical qualification assessed on work created for performance projects and supported by developing a knowledge of the industry and career routes.

You will begin your journey with our theatre company by developing your performance skills culminating in a live performance to a public audience in November of dance and dramatic pieces. You will develop performance skills as you continue your journey working towards a solo showcase and begin exploring progression routes within application materials, reflecting industry practice.

You will then explore crucial styles, terminology and approaches within dance. Alongside this you will also continue developing acting and performance skills by staging an adaptation of a classical text which reimagines the work for a modern audience. You will complete your work with our theatre company by creating an original piece of performance for inclusion in the end of year week-long Festival celebrating performing arts.

Throughout your studies you will explore the wider industry, employment opportunities, progression options, including wider job opportunities in backstage, production and theatre management. You will also have the opportunity to widen your skills working front of house and backstage on performances and events to further improve your experience.

Course Content

The course covers performing arts as a business, the production process, professional development, and working in the industry, as well as solo performance, dancing, voice, and acting.

The majority of the assessed work is based on practical assessments and a portfolio of evidence. Two units are externally assessed.

Example Modules:

  • Acting Skills
  • Dance Skills
  • Devising Performance
  • Preparation, Performance and Production
  • Individual Showcase
  • Voice and Speech
  • Contemporary Dance Techniques
  • Movement Skills
  • Performing Scripted Plays
  • Performing Arts Industry


  • All teaching is from industry professionals with a wide range of experience in performance and backstage employment. Your studies focus on practical work created in rehearsals and shown in performance. Assessment is work related and projects recreate industry standards. A range of written and spoken assessment methods are available in most cases in order to support and best showcase your skills and knowledge.
  • Alongside the course students also have opportunities to engage with professionals and wider events. Students may also choose to gain experience of corporate training work and different forms of performance.
  • Students have access to outstanding rehearsal and performance facilities, including a 200-seat theatre, as well as dance and drama studios.

Entry Requirements

  • Four GCSEs at grade D/3 or above and successful participation in a workshop.

Please contact the International Admissions Office for further advice.

Progression Opportunities

Upon completion of the Level 2 Performing Arts (at Merit level) students are able to progress to a Level 3 qualification. The majority of students progress to Level 3 Performing Arts (Practice). Many of our Level 2 students have followed this pathway through until the completion of Level 3 and have gone on to success at University and in specialist drama schools.


Whilst every effort is made to ensure that the information contained on this website is correct, the College accepts no liability for any errors or omissions. Please note that details are subject to change without notice with regard to the provision of courses, course times and dates and the fees and charges levied.

Key Facts


  • September 2023

Mode of Attendance:

  • Full Time



Course Duration:

1 Year

Programme Costs:

  • The fees for this course are currently being confirmed.

Please contact the International Team for more information.

College Course Code:

  • 23/24RFG6071


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