BTEC Subsidiary Diploma

Performing Arts


Course Content

This is an exciting course which is designed for all those who want to perform and those who are considering becoming performers or theatre professionals. It is also suitable for those who are looking to broaden their communication and presentation skills and show that they are good at creativity and team work. You will be developing and extending all your performance skills in acting and movement with a view to broadening your skills to develop you into a versatile performer. Every unit is practical and contains performance. There are 6 units in total 3 to be studied in each year.

Methods of Teaching

We encourage students to explore theatrical ideas in a practical way creating a variety of performances which will develop a range of performance skills.  The course is taught through a combination of practical workshops, student led research, rehearsal and performance evaluation. Each unit has a performance aspect.

As well as being taught by our highly qualified staff, you will at times be invited to work with outside professionals.  You will also be guided through your own independent study, creating a link between college, university and/or employment.

There are numerous opportunities to see live performances.  The department take trips to London on a regular basis as well as visiting theatres that are nearer to home, such as The Theatre Royal, Winchester and The Point in Eastleigh.

An outline of Subsidiary Diploma topics are listed below. The first 3 topics are those which will be studied in the first year to achieve the Certificate (Level 3):

  • Performing to an Audience
    This unit requires students to develop a performance as part of a group. Students are required to follow a process of warm-up, devising, rehearsal techniques and final performance. Productions will be based on a variety of stimuli and students will be guided through the performance process through a series of workshops and production meetings.

Where Could It Take Me?

BTEC Performing Arts will give you the skills you need to develop to the next stage either into Drama Schools or Theatre related courses at University. This course will also support those students who wish to take Drama or Performance as a joint honours course or who are looking to develop valuable confidence, team work and presentation skills into other subject areas or the world of work.

Entry Requirements

5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including Mathematics and English.

  • Applying Acting Styles
    This unit enables students to develop a range of approaches to acting through studying different acting styles and applying them to performance. Students will plan and produce two contrasting performances of scenes drawn from scripted plays.
  • Developing Movement Skills
    This unit is about the skills required to use the body as an expressive instrument. Students will explore the basic movement components and have the opportunity to use these in a creative context.
  • Auditions for Actors
    This unit equips students with the planning skills and key acting techniques to deliver effective audition performances for employment in live theatre and film media. Students will prepare several contrasting pieces for presentation to an audience.
  • Applying Physical Theatre
    Students will explore and develop physical theatre forms and techniques and applying them to performance for a live audience.
  • Storytelling Theatre
    This unit develops students’ skills in creating performance for different audiences. Students will explore and develop performance ideas utilising a variety of performance skills.

Methods & Patterns of Assessment

A BTEC in Performing Arts can help you achieve your full potential as a performer. Students are rewarded along the way for consistent hard work, without the added pressure of exams at the end.  The course is totally assessed through a range of assignments and performances. 

There are no written examinations

Financial Implications

You will be asked for a payment of £100 at the start of each year which covers visits to professional performances, including any travel costs, and also professional workshops. The cost of each trip/workshop will be specified in a letter given to the students prior to each activity. Included in the one-off payment is a contribution towards the costs of hand-outs and other resources, at the start of the course.

The college has a Student Support Fund for those who have financial difficulties, so please do not allow any worries in this area to prevent you from embarking on this course.