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BTEC First Extended Certificate in Performing Arts (Acting)

Case study: Tayla Price (now in Year 12):

“The BTEC Acting course that I took in years 10 and 11 really helped me to gain confidence and also gave me the opportunity to perform a wide variety of roles and styles. In addition to this I got to work with people who I wouldn’t have otherwise worked with and as a result made new friends. I would recommend the course to people who enjoy performing as most of the work is practical. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed the course, so much so that I am now studying A-Level Theatre Studies.”

An Overview of the Course

Q: What is a BTEC First Certificate and what can it do for me?

A: A BTEC First in Acting:

  • is equivalent to 2 GCSEs grade A*-C
  • prepares young people for careers in performing arts, theatre etc
  • provides a good base for further training
  • motivates learners
  • promotes confidence and self esteem

The Course Structure and Content

Over the two years we will complete three units:

  • Acting
  • Performing Scripted Plays
  • Devising Plays

Year One and Year Two:

Year One:

Year Two:


The skills developed in this unit are vital in the development of confidence and understanding of the role of the actor.

Performing Scripted Plays:

Learners will develop the skills required to interpret a role written by a playwright and will rehearse a role within a group and perform it to an audience.

Devising Plays:

Learners will look at ways of structuring material into dramatic form and creating original work for performance to an audience.

How Can I Help my Child in Drama?

Year 9/10/11 BTEC:

Students are often asked to continue to with their coursework at home. We would encourage you to look at their work on occasion to see how they are doing. They are required to do character research, development and analysis as well as self-assessment and evaluation. We would also ask you to help your child to learn their lines when they have a scripted performance to work on. Also please encourage the students to see as many live performances as they can – this will always help them improve in Drama. We would also encourage you to look into extra curricular Drama groups either within school, at the weekends or in the holidays. Any chance to perform will help.

Last modified: Sunday, 19 February 2012, 4:29 PM