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Course specifics

Entry Requirements

  • A minimum of 4 GCSE’s at grades D/3 or above (including English Language). Level 2 vocational qualifications (e.g. BTEC/OCR) must be a merit grade or above and will count as 1 GCSE equivalent.
  • You will also need to be a confident performer, open to being on stage, and developing your performance skills
  • You need to be prepared to give things a go, and work as a team. Experience in at least TWO of the art forms is also required. Experience of being in plays or performances is highly desirable.



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The Performing Arts are a continuously developing and growing area in the UK, providing cutting edge entertainment, high-class technical support and engagement for the masses.

Our Level 2 First Extended Certificate in Performing Arts offers a wide choice of units to reflect the range of opportunities available within the performing arts sector. They are an ideal foundation, providing you with an understanding of performing arts through engagement with techniques, the work of practitioners, industry conventions and community projects. This leads to the application of practical and creative skills that transfer easily into the workplace.                          

This is a practical one year course, equivalent to 3 GCSE grades A*-C. It will allow you to develop skills in the three key mediums of Dance, Drama and Music. There is a focus on understanding the theatre as an industry linked to employment and real life settings. Units are predominantly practical and offer genuine individual learning options for you to extend your performance skills, including backstage work and technical theatre experience.

Course Structure

Below is an example of the range of units included in the certificate:

Core Units

Individual Showcase (externally assessed)

Preparation, Performance and Production

Mandatory Units

The Performing Arts Industry (externally assessed)

Specialist Units

Acting Skills

Dance Skills

Additional Specialist Units

Performance In Context

Voice and Speech for performers

Performing Scripted Plays

Exploring Urban Dance Styles

Sound for Performance

Meet the Performing Arts teachers and students

Teaching and Learning

Lessons are a mixture of practical workshops and theory based lessons aimed to provide you with the necessary key skills required for further training in this area at Level 3 courses in college, or even get access to work and apprenticeships in the theatre.

Enrichment Courses

There are numerous trips to the theatres locally and beyond. You will be expected to see Theatre in a multitude of forms. Skills workshops are available in addition to lessons, and will be delivered by acting, dance or music teachers. 

As this is a very practical course and looking to use real theatre experiences wherever possible, there is an expectation that you will be available to perform in a range of small scale shows throughout the year, usually in the evenings, and also you should experience being part of a supporting backstage crew.


Internal Assessment: Internal assessment is coursework based and you will complete a range of activities within each unit to evidence your learning.

External Assessment: The course has two units that are externally assessed. This assessment takes the form of an online test and a filmed presentation or performance in response to a brief. Both are set and marked by EDEXCEL.

You are expected to work independently to keep your folders updated, to include detailed information about your personal development in all areas. Performances will be assessed, but all work will also need to be accompanied by research, rehearsal and evaluative notes in a written portfolio folder.


The Performing Arts facilities include:

  • Recording studio, music rehearsal rooms and music tech suite
  • Fully equipped performance space including substantial sound and lighting systems
  • Excellent state of the art backstage equipment
  • A bespoke Dance studio with sprung floor.


Level 2 First Extended Certificates are a way to gain qualifications to move on to Level 3 BTEC and A-level courses at college. There is a clear progression to Level 3 Performing Arts (Acting), or Performing Arts (Musical Theatre) as well as Music courses, Drama A-level or other performing arts courses. Students’ progress and enter careers such as Acting, Theatre backstage production and management etc. The course would also be a foundation from which to aim for Higher Education courses such as BA Hons degree in Drama, Performing Arts, or go to a Performing Arts or Drama School, or continue to study BTEC courses at a Higher National Diploma level.


There are no direct charges on this course.  However, we will also run regular trips and workshops which are not funded.