BTEC Performing Arts (Theatre) Course Entry Requirements

GCSE grade 4 in English Language.


You will develop performance, creative & communication skills through extensive practical work. You will act in a range of performances and study a range of acting styles, theatre practitioners & texts Deepen theoretical knowledge of drama through the ages to contemporary theatre.

What you will study

  • Investigating the work of practitioners
  • Developing skills and techniques for live performance
  • Group Performance workshops
  • Acting Styles


There are internal and external practical and written assessments

Course Support

You will be taught by a highly qualified Theatre Practitioner with specialist knowledge and experience in teaching and the acting profession. We offer –

  • Tutorials to discuss progress
  • Weekly assessment of homework
  • Use of theatre space outside of classes
  • Open-door policy
  • Lively and engaging lessons
  • High Achievers+ opportunities
  • Guidance for drama school & university applications/ auditions

Enrichment Activities

  • The production of plays, cabarets and theatre workshops
  • Educational Visits
  • In-house seminars and masterclasses
  • Regular theatre visits and trip


This Level 3 (A Level equivalent course) is highly valued by drama schools and universities leading to:

  • Studying a performance related course at university
  • Studying at a drama school
  • A career in performing arts

Career Opportunities

Some examples include Actor, Costume Designer, Playwright, Director, Set Designer, Screen Actor, Stage Manager, Performer, Prop Maker, Lighting and Sound Designer

Further Information

BTEC Performing Arts Course Leaflet

Exam Board Course Specification


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What Our Students Say

Carmel creates a very independent atmosphere and the very open campus almost prepares you for the next step after Carmel - going to university.

I like studying Performing Arts at Carmel because you learn a wide range of performing styles and are able to develop your skills and understanding of the subject.

During my time here so far, I have taken part in the National Theatre Connections festival performing in a production at college and at the Lowry Theatre in Manchester. I have also taken part in the ‘NewViews’ project which is a playwriting course providing a chance of it being performed by professionals at the National Theatre, London. We have been to watch poet Roger McGough at the Playhouse Theatre and taken part in many performance related workshops.

The thing I have been most impressed about in Carmel is the fact how much time you have to do your work and time to socialise as well.

After Carmel I hope to go to drama school and study performing arts, hopefully at RADA.

I feel that even if you’re on the edge about choosing to study performing arts you should still do it as I’ve spoken to a lot of people who say they regret not choosing it, and I’m not a typical person who would pick drama but I would have regretted it if I hadn’t chosen to study it.

Jack Halewood

Performing Arts Jack Halewood