Home » Courses » Performing Arts (Acting) – BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

Performing Arts (Acting) – BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

This course is a practical training for those who want to kick-start their career in acting. Students will develop their individual talent, whilst building upon the skills required for careers in theatre, screen and radio. You will be involved in devised and scripted drama, ranging from Contemporary Theatre to Classical Texts from the Elizabethan and Restoration periods. In addition to this, you will be introduced to the skills and techniques involved in acting in front of the camera and short films, which will be screened before a public audience.

Entry Requirements

To join the course you will need:

  • Five GCSEs at grade C or above, including English Language
  • To pass an audition

Experience is not necessary, but enthusiasm to learn and an interest in the Performing Arts is essential.

Course Content

The course is performance driven, so you can expect to have technical lessons in a number of different styles and disciplines including:

  • Devised Work
  • Scripted Material – both Classical and Contemporary
  • Acting
  • Voice
  • Movement
  • Singing
  • Textual and Historical Analysis.
  • Performance on stage, screen and radio.
How will I be taught?

The course is delivered through practical activities.

This includes technique classes, practitioner workshops, rehearsals and performances.

Theory classes are designed to enhance your performance work.

How will I be assessed?

The course is continually assessed within units of study; grades range from Pass to Merit to Distinction.

Much of the written evidence, which supports your performance work, is in the form of an online blog. Students are expected to update this regularly, to document your development and research. Other evidence may include presentations, essays and portfolios.

Will I need any extra equipment?

Books and essential equipment/ clothing will generally be supplied by the College.

Periodically you will be expected to attend theatre trips which will incur some cost.

What qualifications will I get?

Successful students will be awarded the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Performing Arts, which is a nationally recognised qualification.

You will be working with experienced professionals and will be encouraged to reach the highest standards of performance through a varied programme.

What will it allow me to do in the future?

Many students following this course continue their studies at University. Other students prefer to study at an accredited Drama School.

In recent years our students have gained places at LAMDA, RADA, Mountview and East 15. Many of our past students are now working in the industry.

Course Information

You will be expected to take part in public performances and support the College’s professional performance reputation. You should allow at least 8-10 hours per week for study outside of class time, to complete coursework and research.

Further Information

If you would like further advice or guidance please contact Reception on freephone 0800 056 0511.


South Downs College Cookie Warning Cookies are enabled on this site to enhance your browsing experience and usability.