Here at St Peter’s School we offer The BTEC National Extended Certificate in Performing Arts. This Level 3 qualification is equivalent to an A Level and provides an introduction to the study of performing arts. When studied alongside other level 3 qualifications it supports a student’s progression to Further and Higher Education. Opportunities are built into the course for students to showcase their skills through practical and written assessments.
The Extended Certificate comprises 3 mandatory units and one optional unit. In Year 12 we complete 2 mandatory units:-
In Year 13 we complete 1 mandatory unit:
and 1 optional unit;
Unit 1: Investigating Practitioners’ work ( 30% of the overall qualification)
Unit 2 : Developing skills and techniques for Live Performance ( 20% of the overall qualification)
Unit 3 : Group Performance Workshop( 30% of the overall qualification)
Optional Unit : Unit 19 Acting Styles ( 20% of the overall qualification)
The optional unit is selected by staff to build on the strengths of the students while also challenging them. Currently we are delivering Unit 19: Acting Styles. This Unit offers students the opportunity to explore a range of acting styles which they may not have covered in the course already. We have organised for proponents of key styles to run workshops on site, for example Frantic Assembly. We aim to foster more links with professionals as this complements the vocational nature of the BTEC Extended Certificate.
Assessment in internal and externally moderated by Edexcel, including presentations, recorded footage of practical workshops, and a Performance log.
Assessment at BTEC
Students are given a grade for each Unit: Pass, Merit , or Distinction. These grades covert to a final grade and to UCAS points for further study.