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Rooks Heath College

Rooks Heath College

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Key Stage 4: BTEC

Who is it suitable for?

A BTEC in Performing Arts is a vocational qualification. This means it aims to prepare students for a career in the industry, and is a more practical based course. Students can, however, progress onto higher level courses with this qualification.

 What will students learn? (Course outline)

  • Acting Skills and Techniques: in this unit students will look at how they can become a better actor.
  • Musical Theatre Performance : in this unit students will learn the skills required to be a successful performer in the Musical Theatre genre. Students will sing, dance and act (but they don’t have to do solo performance unless they want to).
  • Devising Drama: during this unit students will learn how to create a drama performance for a specific audience.


Assessment is ongoing and completed by the teacher. Students can get a pass, merit or distinction. Their performances and some lessons will be filmed to provide evidence of their achievement and they will keep a log book where they will complete various short written tasks.

Controlled coursework/homework:

There is no written essay-format coursework but short tasks will need to be completed for homework to provide evidence for meeting criteria. Students will also have to learn lines/songs as part of their homework.

What skills do students need to be successful in this BTEC and beyond?

Teamwork, enthusiasm, evaluation, confidence, self expression, verbal and non verbal communication, body language, voice and movement.

Additional Information:

Good attendance is necessary, both for students to achieve the criteria and for their group to be able to rehearse and perform. Students cannot ‘catch up’ with work missed in Performing Arts. They will be required to rehearse outside of lesson time (after college/lunch time) and most performances will take place after college or in the evening. Students will need to wear loose fitting clothing for lessons, such as leggings, tracksuit bottoms and a t shirt. Students can order a Performing Arts polo shirt for a cost if required.