Performing Arts (Musical Theatre)


This two-year Performing Arts vocational course is equivalent to two A-Levels, and ideal for students with a particular interest and commitment to the performing arts. On this course, you will have the option to take either an Acting or Dance focus along with the usual Musical Theatre units. The course involves a combination of practical and written work, covering the skills involved in acting, dancing and singing. There will be continuous coursework-based and practical assessments throughout the course, and it will include an end of year production.

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Level: Vocational (level 3)
Type: Double award

Course Details

Begin with the end in mind

Teacher, performer, arts administrator, entertainer, theatre technician and drama therapist, cruise ship entertainer.

Many students have progressed to prestigious dance and drama schools including  Urdang Academy, Trinity Laban, Italia Conti and Bird College as well as Universities to study Acting, Musical Theatre, Performing Arts, Vocal Studies.

Topics you'll cover


  • Musical theatre techniques
  • Singing skills for performers
  • Acting styles (acting pathway only)
  • Contemporary dance technique (dance pathway only)


  • Final live performance to an audience (end of year production)
  • Investigating practitioner’s work
  • Individual performance commission.

Assessment and Qualification

  • 8 Units will be covered throughout the two-year course; 3 of which are externally assessed.
  • Most units will contain an element of both practical and written work.
  • Exam board: Pearson
  • BTEC Diploma (level three)
  • Equivalent to two A Levels.

Course entry requirements

  • At least five GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English Language
  • An absolute commitment to performing and rehearsing
  • A willingness to work as part of a team and contribute to group work.

Additional information

During your studies you will have access to extra materials and activities as part of your course. These extra items (such as equipment, study guides and workbooks etc.) are built into the normal day-to-day running of our courses and so we ask students to make an annual payment towards these additional costs.

A copy of our course payment breakdown can be course payment breakdown.