Performing Arts BTEC National Diploma

Delivered through MD Productions

BTEC Level 3 National Diploma

Careers related to studying BTEC Performing Arts:

This BTEC is the equivalent of two A-levels and will be run by the nationally acclaimed MD Productions. It is suitable for students who have a strong interest in forging a career in the performing arts industry as it will give you the opportunity to work directly with professionals both inside and outside Sixth Form and provide invaluable experience and contacts for careers in musical theatre, dance and acting. A qualification in Performing Arts also develops all round performance skills and transferable skills such as self-confidence, self-presentation, personal discipline, time management and organisation, which are highly regarded by universities and employers and as such can also lead to careers in the media, hospitality and leisure industries.

Subject specific events:

The course is very practical and will be largely based around all aspects of preparation for performance. There is the flexibility to focus on one or more areas from musical theatre, dance, acting & singing.  You will work on real life projects within MD Productions whilst developing your skills and techniques for your chosen specialism. You will also have the opportunity to extend your understanding of current arts practitioners.

Course content:

Working with MD Productions will give you a unique opportunity to experience many aspects of the professional world of Performing Arts. You will perform to audiences not only at Rainford but also in professional venues to clients. Students will have the opportunity to travel overseas and perform at the 2018 Formula 1 in Abu Dhabi. Your role in Abu Dhabi could include Street Theatre, Pop up performances, flashmobs, vocals, project managing, main stage performances and meet and greet. Past clients include: Mersey Rail, Britain’s Got Talent, MTV and NHS.

Entry requirements:

Ideally you will have a GCSE in Drama, Music or Dance, but experience in extracurricular performances or external theatre, dance or music schools is equally valuable. It is crucial that you have a love of performance, creativity and you are willing to put in extra rehearsal time both during and after college time.

Methods of study:

Every session will involve practical work building on skills and technique in your chosen art form. You will also be devising and rehearsing for a variety of performances and audiences throughout the course both on your own and with others within the group. You will be completing logs and journals describing your practical work and completing a research project on artists within your chosen field.

Methods of assessment:

You will be assessed by eight units over the two year course, six are mandatory:

  1. Investigating practitioner’s work – research project
  2. Developing skills and techniques for live performance – presentation, performance and log
  3. Group performance workshop
  4. Performing within the community
  5. Individual performance commission
  6. Final live performance to an audience


Two are optional from a wide range of topics such as:

– Street dance technique

– Acting styles

– Improvisation

– Musical theatre techniques

– Variety performance

-Singing technique