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The Single BTEC Level 3 (equivalent to one A level) is a two year practical course that will suit creative individuals who enjoy innovative theatre practice and working with others. Group work and project related research are emphasised alongside skills workshops which aim to develop acting to a high standard. You will:

  • Investigate the work of directors and participate in workshops to develop acting styles and techniques
  • Develop skills for live performance
  • Work as an ensemble in a creative environment producing work for performance to a range of audiences in different venues

The Double BTEC Level 3 (equivalent to two A levels) is a two year intensive programme structured around the creation of performance projects. You will have workshops in voice and acting skills throughout the course, participate in scripted and devised performances and have opportunities for involvement in Brighton's vibrant theatre scene through theatre visits and performances in local venues.

In addition to the areas explored in the single BTEC Level 3 above you will:

  • Learn how to plan, budget and market performances
  • Create commission-based performance
  • Develop storytelling for performance skills
  • Take part in a major performance project

Both Sub-Diploma and Diploma are exciting and practical two year programmes. There is a significant amount of written coursework in each. Theatre visits locally and to London are an important part of the course and will incur additional costs. At times students will be called for rehearsals outside timetabled lessons.

PLEASE NOTE: In contemporary and classical texts, playwrights engage with difficult ideas and actions as a means of exploring, understanding and challenging assumptions about the world we live in. The plays we teach may have challenging themes. Potential students should take this into account when choosing courses.

I chose this subject because I'm interested in the theatre and working on stage. I've enjoyed how much I've learnt in such a small time and the sense of involvement. Most lessons are practical and when there are new concepts they're taught in a very creative way that's memorable. I also appreciate how friendly and passionate everyone is.

Tahsina Choudhury ex Varndean School

Course Essentials

Courses Available
Single BTEC Level 3 (equivalent to 1 A Level)
Double BTEC Level 3 (equivalent to 2 A Levels)
Entry Requirements

Including a Grade 5 in GCSE Drama (if taken)
A background of successful experience in productions
How The Course is Assessed
Through ongoing performance projects supported by written portfolios, which includes research, documentation, analysis and evaluation. For the Single course there will be one timed-written assessment per year and two for the Double course.
Career Pathways
HE courses in Acting, Performing Arts, Drama & Theatre Studies, Physical Theatre and related fields. Previous students have gone on to Royal Central School of Speech & Drama, Chichester University, Guildford School of Acting, and Rose Bruford amongst others. Some go direct into the industry and others to a range of other degrees, such as law, history and fine art. Our BTEC courses can lead directly into careers in the industry or give access to a host of other jobs which value problem solving skills, ability to work in a team and an active, engaged approach.
Transferable Skills
Creativity; teamwork; leadership skills; problem solving; independence; communication; project planning; how to work effectively with external clients; funding & performance arts marketing.
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