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Performing Arts BTEC 90 Credit Diploma Level 3

Full-Time Study Programmes

  • Overview of the course

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    Our full-time study programmes are designed to maximise your career prospects and widen your options for further or higher study.
    Can you picture yourself on the stage, the screen or even behind the camera? If you are a creative and ambitious individual, our performing arts courses will help you to break into this competitive industry.
    During this one-year course, you’ll have the opportunity to work towards the Level 3 90 Credit Diploma in stages that will build and develop your skills.
    Work experience is an integral part of our study programmes, enabling you to gain essential exposure to the world of work. All the practical work will be leading towards public performance either in the College theatre or other venues around Bolton.
  • How will I be assessed?

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    There’ll be continuous assessment throughout the course. You’ll be assessed on your practical work in class, public performances and your written log books.
  • What can I expect to learn?

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    You will explore and analyse what goes into becoming a professional performer. There are 9 units that you will study over the year with us, which will include practical and theoretical sessions. Some units will be studied with the whole level 3 Performing Arts cohort, which will involve some of the following:
    • Performing to an Audience
    • Rehearsing for Performance
    • Performance Workshop
    • The Healthy Performer
    • Singing Skills for Actors and Dancers

    You will also select a preferred performance pathway to specialise in and will study option units in either acting or dance. You will study some of the following:
    Acting Pathway (Actors only)
    • Principles of Acting
    • Drama Improvisation
    • Theatre for Children
    • Contemporary Theatre Performance
    • Performing with Masks
    • Devising Plays
    Dancing Pathway (Dancers only)
    • Contemporary Dance
    • Jazz Dance
    • Ballet Technique
    • Urban Dance
    • Dance Improvisation
    • Tap Dance

    Throughout the course, you will participate in technique classes aimed at developing your skills in acting, dance or singing. You will practise a range of performance styles, which will help you to become a more experience and confident performer. You will receive regular, developmental feedback from your tutors to ensure that you make excellent progress.
    You will work on a different performance project every term, which may include: Christmas Pantomime, Schools Tour, TV and Film Project, Site-Specific project, Individual Showcase, Dance Show or full-scale Musical.
    We encourage our students to continue their English & maths study to Level 3.
  • How can I progress after this course?

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    After you have completed the course you could progress onto the BTEC Performing Arts Extended Diploma. This is our second course at Level 3 and lasts for one year. On completion of the Extended Diploma Level 3, you will be able to apply for higher education courses or further training.
    Check out opportunities at the University of Bolton by visiting
    Following further study you could work as a:
    • Actor, entertainer or presenter and you could earn an average of around £34,000 per year depending on experience and role.
    • A Stage Manager, earning between £18,000 and £45,000 a year.
    • A Choreographer, with your salary dependent on experience, reputation and the production you’re working on.
  • What do I need to join the course?

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    We ask that you have five GCSE grades 9-4 (A* – C), including English
    Merit/Distinction BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Performing Arts.
    Prior experience of dance classes, singing lessons or theatre work would be an advantage.
  • Additional Information

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    All learners will complete an individual learning plan which will be discussed with their tutor throughout the course.


    You may not have to pay tuition fees at all, if you fall into one of the groups eligible for fee exemptions. If you feel you may be eligible or would like someone to explain course fees in more detail, please call our helpline on 01204 482 000.


    Tutors teach throughout the day and evening and are not always available by phone. Please leave a voicemail message where possible and we will ring you back as soon as possible.
    Please note: Learners on a Learner Responsive course (shown under the course code) must bring their qualification certificates with them to enrolment. Learners will not be able to enrol without this information. If you have lost any certificates please contact your school in the first instance. If they are unable to provide a copy, you can contact one of the following exam boards (your school will be able to tell you which one you need):
    • OCR:
    • Edexcel:
    • AQA:
    If you are unable to provide certificates you will be asked to complete a self declaration form when you enrol.


    Our Helpline can provide you with general information regarding studying at Bolton College. We also offer advice and guidance meetings to help you decide your next move. Please call 01204 482 000. Lines are open Monday to Friday between 10am and 7pm during term time and between 9am and 5pm out of term.
    Bolton College endeavours to ensure that the information provided in this document is accurate. All courses are offered subject to student numbers and the College reserves the right to amend, withdraw or amalgamate any of the courses, fees, services, locations or facilities described at any time.

    Equalities Statement

    The College will treat all members of the community equally and will not favour any particular individual or group. English is our principal language but we will endeavour to provide information relating to this document in other formats and languages. If customers require this type of support they should contact email the Customer Services Manager at or alternatively call 01204 482 040 or visit us at Deane Road, Bolton, BL3 5BG.

    Enrolment Details

    To enrol at one of our Community Learning Centres or our main Deane Road Campus click here for enrolment times.
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  • Time:

    09:00 - 16:00
    13 (Hrs Per Week)

  • Duration:

    36 weeks

  • Venue:

    Deane Road Campus

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