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About the course:

This exciting Drama course allows you to develop your performance skills and provides you with varied opportunities to perform in front of an audience. You will learn about different performance styles, practitioners and theatre movements, exploring ideas and concepts practically and creatively. You will gain a knowledge and understanding of theatre practice through your work as an actor, a deviser and a director.

What is expected of you:

We require your energy, enthusiasm and passion for Drama. You must be willing to push yourself out of your comfort zone and explore a variety of performance styles.

As a practical subject, you are required to take part in weekly practical workshops, which are regularly filmed for your evidence portfolio.

You must be willing to perform in both lessons and performances with audiences.

You will need to plan your time effectively. You will be expected to rehearse outside of lesson time and attend theatre trips. You will need to organise group meetings and use your independent study time to research and complete Actor’s Logs and portfolio documents.

As a Drama student, you must be able to work well with others; group work is an essential element of the course.

What it prepares you for:

This course will provide you with the skills and experience that you will need to work in the Performing Arts industry.

You can continue studying Drama, Acting and The Performing Arts at a higher level; both higher Btec qualifications and degrees.

How will I be assessed?

You have 2 Units to complete in the first year, each focusing on a range of practical Drama skills.  The emphasis of the BTEC course is on practical work and your tutor will continually assess performance pieces. 

Unit 1 – Investigating Practitioner’s Work (external exam)

  • You will practically explore a range of theatre practitioners, experimenting with their performance styles and learning about the impact on theatre that they have made. This also forms the basis of Unit 2.
  • For the final exam, the exam board will provide a theme in which you have to relate 2 practitioners to. You have 4 weeks to prepare for the extended writing task and to prepare your examination research notes. You will then complete your prepared essay in examination conditions.

Unit 2 – Developing Skills &Techniques for Live Performance (Practical coursework)

  • You will develop your performance skills as an actor and director, performing in both scripted and devised practical work. You will take part in a range of Drama workshops exploring contrasting performance styles and acting methods. You will perform and be assessed in 2 contrasting performances to an audience.
  • You will need to provide evidence of your learning and development. This is a combination of actor’s log, portfolio research and filmed workshop and rehearsal footage. The process of your final performance is of equal importance to your final showcase piece.

Entry requirements:

  • At least five GCSEs at grades 5-9
  • Level 2 Merit or above in Btec Performing Arts: Drama or GCSE Drama grade 6 – 9.

Qualification details:

BTEC Nationals Performing Arts DRAMA NQF Level 3 Extended Certificate.

For more information:

If you are an internal applicant, please talk to Mrs Brett about the possibility of studying Drama in the sixth form.

If you are an external applicant and would like more details about this course please email