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Vocational Performing Arts

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Why Study Performing Arts?

Performing Arts is about providing a glimpse into the professional Performing Arts sector. You will explore different styles of acting and performance, including different professional practitioners. Both theoretical and practical exploration of styles such as physical theatre, naturalism, devised and scripted work give a well-rounded experience of performance and development of practical skills. This qualification assess students through assignments and tasks (including performance) rather than traditional exams.


  • Assessed with performance-based tasks and assignments.
  • Content to interest and engage those interested in Performing Arts.
  • Planning and teaching made simple: all the support materials you need and a performing arts specialist on hand.

If you want to experience learning about a subject through fun, practical and creative methods; developing confidence, teamwork skills and building relationships, this is the course for you.

Course Content & Development of Expertise

The course is made up of three components: two that are internally assessed and one that’s externally assessed. The three-block structure: explore, develop and apply, has been developed to allow students to build on and embed their knowledge, understanding and practical skills. This allows them to grow in confidence and then put into practice what they have learned over time. The assessment structure is also designed so that students can build on what they learn, and develop their skills, as they move through the course.

Career Pathways

Studying Performing Arts, at any level, develops practical and transferrable skills:

  • Creative Thinking: Exploring existing material and devising own ideas both theoretically and practically
  • Problem Solving: Time management and meeting a brief
  • Responsibility and Dependability: Organisation, self-discipline, empathy
  • Collaboration and Teamwork: Rehearsing and performing with others
  • Self-Discipline and Time Management: being able to practise alone

A taster of the sector

The Tech Award is a practical introduction to life and work in the Performing Arts sector, so students can develop their understanding of the industry and see whether it’s a career they’d like to be in.

A well-rounded foundation for further study

As they’re designed to be taken alongside GCSEs, with a Tech Award students have the opportunity to apply academic knowledge to everyday and work contexts, giving them a great starting point for academic or vocational study post-16, as well as preparing them for future employment.

Recognised by employers and Universities

In 2015, 1 in 4 students who entered university in the UK did so with a BTEC. BTEC is a recognised and well-known qualification suite, providing reassurance that students who study a BTEC meet the levels required by employers and Higher Education.

Qualification Information

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Qualification: Vocational BTEC Level 2 Performing Arts

Awarding Body: Pearson Edecxel

Entry Tiers: One Tier


Assessment Structure

Internally Assessed Assignments – 60%
Externally Assessed Task – 40%

Exploring the Performing Arts – understanding existing styles and repertoire

  • Internally assessed assignments
  • 30% of the total course

Developing Skills and Techniques in the Performing Arts – putting practical skills into group and individual rehearsal and performances

  • Internally assessed assignments
  • 30% of the total course

Performing to a Brief – working as a group to create and perform original material to fit a brief

  • Externally assessed task
  • 40% of the total course


  • Students achieve a grade for each component, which are allocated points. At the end of the course, the exam board calculate the final grade by adding the points from each component, and matching this against the qualification grade point thresholds.
  • Level 2 Distinction*, Level 2 Distinction, Level 2 Merit, or Level 2 Pass.
  • The BTEC Tech Award in Performing Arts has been included on the DfE List of qualifications which will count towards performance tables in England (2019 results), meaning that it can be included in the third tier of Progress 8: the ‘open’ (non-EBacc) category

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