Musical Theatre (BTEC)

BTEC Level 3, National Extended Diploma (equivalent to three A Levels)

BTEC Dance or Drama are exciting and varied qualifications that will give you hands on knowledge of what The Performing Arts business is like for actors and dancers and how you can succeed within it. Throughout the two year course, you will be given a variety of internally and externally assessed units that will enable you to develop your understanding of theatre and performance whilst also refining your skill as an actor or dancer.

Exam Board/Specification

Pearson Edexcel

Entry Requirements

  • BTEC award in Performing Arts Level 2 Merit
  • Grade 4 in GCSE Drama or Dance

Year 1 Units

As some units are optional, teachers may wish to alter the curriculum plan to suit students who opt for the course.

  • Investigating Practitioner's Work
  • Developing Skills and Techniques for Live Performance
  • Group Performance Workshop
  • Performing Arts in The Community

Year 1 Assessment

  • 1 and 3: Externally Assessed through set performance task and exam
  • 2 and 4: Internally Assessed through coursework and performance

Year 2 Units

As some units are optional, teachers may wish to alter the curriculum plan to suit students who opt for the course

  • Individual Performance Commission
  • Final Live Performance to an Audience
  • Optional units:
  • Acting Styles
  • Children’s Theatre
  • Physical Theatre
  • Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Street or Contemporary Dance Styles

Year 2 Assessment

  • 5- Externally Assessed through set individual performance task
  • 3 optional units are Internally Assessed through coursework and performance

Progression Routes

As with all Drama and Dance courses, the BTEC National is ideal for anyone who wishes to develop their technical, creative, performance and communication skills. Future jobs can include management within any industry, developing cognitive and problem-solving skills and interpersonal skills. However, this is also an ideal stepping stone for students who wish to continue into Performing Arts in further education.