BTEC Level 3 Diploma: inPerforming Arts (Practice)

The Level 3 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. In Year One you will study the Foundation Diploma (equivalent to 3 AS Levels) and in Year Two you will complete your studies in the Extended Diploma (equivalent to 3 A-Levels). There are no external exams within this qualification.

You will begin your journey with our theatre company by developing your performance skills culminating in a live performance to a public audience in October. You will develop acting, dancing and singing skills as you continue your journey working towards a Christmas pantomime performed to the general public and in matinee performances aimed at children recreating the industry standard of multiple performances each day. You will then explore crucial styles of performance in dance and theatre creating professional standard work for recording. You will conclude your first year in our theatre company by creating an original piece of contemporary performance and an adaptation of a classical text which reimagines the work for a modern audience. This work will be showcased in our end of year week-long Festival celebrating performing arts.

In Year One you will explore a range of specialisms (dance, drama, song) in order to broaden and develop your skills and understanding of the breadth of the industry. In Year Two you will work towards a chosen specialism to develop a solo showcase and marketing portfolio. You will then create your own theatre company and develop a 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 specialist drama and dance schools. 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

Year One:

Performing Arts Skills Development

  • Exploring Performance Styles
  • Creating Performance Material
  • Performing for an Audience

The Performing Arts Industry

  • Planning a Career in the Industry

Year Two:

Personal Performing Arts Profile

  • Using Development Plans to refine Skills
  • Producing a Personal Project
  • Using Material for Self-promotion and Networking

Collaborative Performing Arts Project

  • Undertaking a Defined Creative or Administrative Role
  • Using Creative Collaboration to Develop a Project
  • Producing a Collaborative Project


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 order to support and best showcase your skills and knowledge. Alongside the course students also have opportunities to engage with professionals, specialist drama schools and wider events. Students gain experience of corporate training work and different forms of performance including radio plays.

Entry Requirements

  • 5 GCSEs or equivalent at grade 4 or above, including English Language (and ideally Maths) and successful participation in a workshop.

If you are a learner who is going to be 19+ at the start of your course please take look at our information about course fees.

Please contact the International Admissions Office for further advice.

Progression Opportunities

Upon completion of the Extended Diploma in Year Two students will have gained equivalent UCAS points to a student taking 3 A-Levels and therefore can progress into higher education at University or in specialist training. Previous students have gone on to study courses at University in performance, drama, theatre, acting, dance, stage management, theatre design, scenography, film, creative writing, screen acting, events management, business and law. We are proud that a number of students each year have also been offered places at prestigious specialist schools such as The Academy of Live and Recorded Arts (ALRA) and the Royal central School of Speech and Drama (CSSD).


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:

2 Years

Programme Costs:

  • The fees for this course are currently being confirmed.

Please contact the International Team for more information.

College Course Code:

  • 23/24RFH6081


“My lessons are very interactive and there is a lot of communication between us students and teachers which makes it easier for us. I am enjoying my course so far.”

Omar Khaled

United Arab Emirates