PERFORMING ARTS COURSE

Why study Performing Arts?

Dreaming of a career on stage or in front of the camera? Performer at heart? Passionate about dance and/or drama? Our Performing Arts courses will introduce you to a variety of disciplines, commitment and work ethics; build on your self-confidence whilst creating and rehearsing content to perform to live audiences. Our performing Arts courses are aimed at young people who are interested in developing a career as a professional Dancer/Actor. Giving you the opportunity to develop your skills with experienced industry professionals, you will build on your knowledge of performance techniques with a view of showcasing your skills at live performances and work towards setting targets and achieving goals.

Our Drama courses will help to develop the skills required for Film, TV and Theatre Acting. You will explore techniques to improve confidence, group work and sharing of dynamic and creative ideas which will ultimately prepare you for auditions and the professional industry.

Our Dance courses expose you to the dance of other cultures and discover the origins of street dance. Working with improvisational techniques, you will learn the art of choreography and the importance of movement within performance and showcasing to live audiences.

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Age Requirements
All BCE courses are for learners aged 16-18 as of 31 August 2019.

However, if you have a learning difficulty and/or disability with a valid Education and Healthcare Plan, you can study with us up to the age of 25.

Level 2

You will learn the key stages in preparation, performance and production required for live and recorded performances while perfecting your musical theatre, urban dance and movement skills for individual and group showcases.

What you will learn:

  • Music theatre skills
  • Exploring improvising
  • Group movement skills
  • Contemporary dance techniques
  • Acting skills
  • Preparation, performance and production
Course entry requirements:

3 GCSEs at grade D or above (including English) or equivalent

Applicants who do not have a D in GCSE English must have Functional Skills English at Level 1.

Course duration and start date:

The course will begin in September 2019 and lasts for one year

What qualification(s) will I receive?

  • BTEC First Extended Certificate in Performing Arts (NQF)

Learners with a grade D in GCSE English and/or Maths will complete a GCSE re-sit alongside their course.

Learners with a grade E or below in English and/or Maths will work towards achieving their Functional Skill qualification alongside their course.

Progression Opportunities

We would actively encourage you to progress onto one of our Level 3 programmes at Big Creative Academy. This will allow you to further develop your creative skills and continue to focus on your English and/or Maths.

Alternatively, if you have five GCSEs at grade C or above (including English and Maths) then you can progress onto one of our BCE Apprenticeship programmes.

You also have the option to progress into employment.

Level 3 - Dance / Drama

 Level 3 Performing Arts and Production Arts (Pathways in Drama and Dance) 

 

Developing the skills required for Film, TV and Theatre, you will explore techniques to improve confident, group work and sharing of dynamic and creative ideas which will ultimately prepare you for auditions and the professional industry.  

Learners will explore the dance of other cultures and discover the origins of street dance. Working with improvisational techniques, you will learn the art of choreography and the importance of movement within performance and showcasing to live audiences. 

The Level 3 Diploma and Extended Diploma in Performing & Production Arts are designed to provide students with the knowledge, skills and understanding necessary to access and progress to degree level study or employment in the performing arts. 

 

They provide an opportunity for those who have an interest in the performing arts to explore, develop and test their creativity within a qualification structure which is stimulating, demanding and provides a supportive transition from general to more specialised study in higher education or employment. 

 

What you will learn:   

Year 1  Year 2 
  • Principles of performance 
  • Engaging with an audience 
  • Introduction to professional practice 
  • Critical and contextual awareness 
  • Production skills and context 
  • Performance skills context 
  • Preparation for specialist study 
  • Collaborative performance project 

This course is included in the UCAS tariff and attracts the following points for each final grade as shown below. 

PASS-36 

MERIT- 60 

DISTINCTION-84  

Throughout the year you will explore a range of contemporary scripts as well as devise material for performance. You will explore skills in vocal technique, physical theatre and developing an understanding of the style, structure and themes in contemporary scripts. 

  • Developing performance and production skills 
  • Preparing for progression 
  • Exploration of specialist study and context 
  • Extended project 

This course is included in the UCAS tariff and attracts the following points for each final grade as shown below. 

PASS- 72 

MERIT- 120  

DISTINCTION-168 

Throughout the second year you will be responsible for running both the performance and production elements of a major project based around a contemporary script. You will gain a deeper understanding of the critical and contextual perspectives and approaches within performing arts. 

 

 

Course entry requirements:  5 GCSEs at grade A-C (4 or above) including English (or equivalent). 
Course duration and start date:  The course will begin in September 2019 and lasts for two years. 
 

What qualification(s) will I receive? 

  • UAL Level 3 Diploma in Performing Arts (1 year) 
  • UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Performing Arts (2 years) 

 UAL Qualifications do not currently appear in the performance tables. This is because performance tables are mainly for exam based subjects and not vocational diplomas equivalent to 3 A-Levels. The DFE is working alongside UAL with a view for this to change in due course.

Learners who already have GCSE English and Maths at grade C or above (4 or above) will also work towards the Bronze Arts Award (Enterprise Qualification).

Learners with a grade D (or 3) in GCSE English and/or Maths will complete a GCSE re-sit alongside their course.

Progression Opportunities  If you are keen to move into employment but wish to continue training in the creative industries and have five GCSEs at grade C or above (including English and Maths), then you can progress onto one of our BCE Apprenticeship programs.

Those of you who wish to continue your learning in an education environment, have the option to progress into Higher Education either at a University or studying for a HNC/HND program.

If you are not keen on continuing to study further, you can progress directly into employment. 

UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma Performing Arts (Drama) 

Will I receive support throughout my course?

At Big Creative Education, we pride ourselves on offering support to all of our young people throughout their programme.

We have a number of learners who have a range of support needs from specific learning difficulties, or autistic spectrum disorders to mental health conditions, amongst others. If you currently have a valid Education and Health Care Plan or a Learning Difficulty Assessment (LDA), you will be entitled to government funded support from your local authority to ensure we help you achieve the best from your learning.

If you wish to discuss any aspect of learning support, please do not hesitate to contact Lauren (Entry Level to Level 2) or Shayne (Level 3) on 020 8498 3300.

For more information about the support we offer to learners please click here

How will I be taught and assessed?

All of our courses are vocational which means they are designed to compliment learners with a visual and kinaesthetic learning style.

As a result, you will be assessed via a range of both practical and written assignments.

What happens after I submit an Application?

Once you have submitted your application online, you will be contacted via post and email with an interview appointment. Our interview evenings happen on a monthly basis so you will never wait more than 30 days for an appointment.

Your interview is an opportunity for you to showcase and discuss your creative skill set with our industry professional tutors. We actively encourage applicants to attend their interviews with either a portfolio of work (if you have it) or an audition piece (if you’re applying for Music Performance or Performing Arts).

At the end of your interview you will receive a conditional offer for September subject to achieving the entry criteria. This will also be confirmed in writing so you have something to keep as a reminder.