Richard Challoner School

Performing Arts


NEW BTEC Level 3 – Extended Certificate 2 year (equivalent to one A Level)

Exam Board: Edexcel/Pearson

Subject Leaders: Miss S Willson and Mr N Shrimpton

Course Content: The course is predominately vocational, however the recent change to the qualification means that there is now both internal and external assessments. Students will need to complete 4 units over the duration of the course, 2 of which are externally assessed.

The course will allow students to explore and focus on building technique and performance skills in singing, dancing and acting. The lessons take the form of rehearsals or workshops with material suited to the ability and stage of development of the students. Students will additionally learn by completing projects and assignments that are based on realistic workplace situations, activities and demands. Rehearsal logs and follow up research will run alongside workshops and performances. You will be taught by professionally trained staff with experience of working in the performing arts industry. Professional Musical Theatre actors will give Master Classes. We have links with professional drama schools and West End Theatre visits take place regularly.

Examination/Assessment: Assessment is through ongoing assignments and can vary from written tasks to practical demonstration of skills in the three areas. On completion students will be awarded an overall grade, which can be used towards entry to university. The course is assessed internally/externally  by Edexcel/Pearson and Challoner staff.

Specific Entry Requirements: A typical performing Arts student is lively, ambitious, self-motivated and has a love of Musical Theatre. Additionally, it is vital that they should be willing to perform in public, work with others, solve problems, plan their own learning and communicate effectively. We welcome students from secondary schools from the local area as well as our own. Students will need to have at least 5 GCSEs at Grade C/4 and above. We strongly suggest that one of the GCSEs is in Dance/Drama and/or Music. Those students who have had previous experience of classes in dance, singing or acting will also be welcomed onto the course. Natural talent is also of benefit! All students including those who are unsure as to whether the course is right for them are invited to attend a workshop alongside other students who have more experience. Their ability and potential will then be taken into consideration.