BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Performing Arts
What will I learn on this course?
The BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma is an intensive two year course that covers fundamental aspects of Musical Theatre training and performance, delivered by knowledgeable and experienced staff in state-of-the-art facilities. You will undertake work of a mostly practical nature in all three disciplines of dance, acting and singing. Throughout the two years you will be challenged to develop your personal and creative potential alongside acquiring the technical and interpretative skills required for performance. Areas of training include vocal technique, music theory, acting methodologies, dance technique, jazz dance, tap dance, contemporary dance and musical theatre performance. In addition, the practical units are supported by theoretical and analytical academic units enhancing your knowledge and understanding of musical theatre in the historical context. You will also learn about working in the performing arts industry and the jobs and opportunities available in this sector. To inform and enhance your learning and development you will be expected to undertake independent rehearsals, study and research.
This course is aimed at students who have ability and interest in how all three disciplines contribute to the Musical Theatre genre. You must have exceptional levels of fitness, commitment and motivation. It is expected that you will be passionate about progressing into the creative and performance industries.
How is the course structured?
The BTEC Extended Diploma in Musical Theatre consists of 18 specific skills units. Some core units such as Performance Workshop are delivered and assessed in the first year alongside specialised technique units in singing, dance and acting. In the second year you will acquire and develop new skills and knowledge in relation to a range of Musical Theatre productions and the Performing Arts industry.
How will I study?
Students have 16 hours per week on Musical Theatre - 5 hours in each discipline and 1 company hour. Students will take part in technical classes in all three disciplines, creative and skill-based workshops and theoretical sessions led by BOA's Musical Theatre staff and visiting professionals. You will take part in a variety of projects and performances throughout the two years, culminating in 3 major musical productions in Year 13. You will also contribute to a range of smaller performances and workshops. Many of these may be created in collaboration with our visiting partners and industry professionals. There will also be opportunities to work in partnership with other pathways and visit the theatre regularly.
Students will be invited to join the extra-curricular performance companies at BOA to support their study on the Musical Theatre pathway.
How will I be assessed?
Each BTEC unit is individually assessed with Pass, Meri or Distinction grades. Together with staff, you will be involved in setting yourself targets and monitoring your progress through all units.
Further Learning and Career Options
Students' experience at BOA will enable progression to Higher education courses, vocational and conservatoire training as well as apprenticeships and employment with the creative and performance industries.