BTEC National Diploma in Performing Arts

Arts, Media and Publishing

Arts, Media and Publishing
Arts, Media and Publishing
We are only accepting one application per candidate.

What will you be working towards?

Qualification Type National Award (BTEC)
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Part Time


Acting is a mixture of techniques and art. Actors need to connect mastery of their technique with an imaginative and creative approach to their work. Understanding the essential principles of acting is the springboard from which successful performances are launched. Actors need time and space to   study and explore the processes and skills required to develop their craft.   This course has the necessary practical focus that professional actors use and will provide many opportunities to consider a range of techniques that can help the actor to characterise a performance both physically and vocally.   Learners will also discover how to interpret and realise text and how to communicate this text effectively to an audience.

In this course learners will study key principles of acting using a range of techniques. Learners will explore these principles both theoretically and practically and   use the skills and techniques to develop characterisation and rehearse material for performance. The course will also enable learners to evaluate their rehearsal and performance processes.

The course is made up of four units where you will explore the life of a performer developing an understanding of roles and responsibilities whilst nurturing and growing your own application of performance skill. 

Alongside specific performance related skills, you will learn to work as a professional applying the highest level of personal management skills. Confidence, communication and collaboration will be your key to success. These skills are lifelong skills that are crucial to any career path and sought after by employers. 


The subsidiary diploma requires you to study six units, including one mandatory.

Mandatory units

  •   Principles of Acting
  •   Performing to an Audience

Optional Units – choice of at least four units from a list which includes units on:

  •   Devising Plays
  •   Theatre in Education
  •   Theatre for Children
  •   Classical Theatre Performance
  •   Contemporary Theatre Performance
  •   Performing with Masks
  •   Auditions for Actors
  •   Drama Improvisation
  •   Script Writing
  •   The Practice of Directing for Theatre

How will it be delivered?

Live Performance, essay tasks, reflection, practical exploration.


Exam Board: Edexcel                
Unit 1: Investigating Practitioners Work (Externally Assessed)


Unit 2: Developing Skills and Techniques for Live Performance (Internally Assessed)


Unit 3: Group Performance (Externally Assessed)


Unit 27: Musical Theatre Performance (Internally Assessed)


Entry requirements

Minimum of 5   GCSEs at grade 4-9, including English and maths.

If Performing Arts has not been studied at Level 2, an audition may be necessary to determine suitability for the course.


Your next steps...

Successful completion of the course can open many doors into the professional industry. Former students are now attending university and professional theatre and drama schools studying to become actors.

BTEC level 3 Performing Arts leads seamlessly to a Performing Arts, Dance or Acting Degree or professional training. Today, Performing Arts is a major industry with a wide range of opportunities. Creative industries generate £8m an hour to the UK economy. Whatever the level of skills your child has achieved, there are career paths open, whether they decide to leave school at 18 or go on to university.