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Sixth Form: BTEC Performing Arts Our Year 12-13 Performing Arts curriculum


Performing Arts Faculty

Miss B Aplin

Mr G Lake

Miss K Magookin

Mr A Tuffrey, Mrs E Rodda, Miss J Mason, Miss R Ford – Coaches

For more details on our KS5 Performing Arts curriculum, please contact [email protected] or [email protected] or 01202 578886 ext. 0205

Did you know that our Post 16 Performing Arts students have up to 26 hours of contact time a week?!

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Entry requirements:

  • Minimum grade 5 in GCSE English and a Performing Arts subject; Dance, Drama or Music (or level 2 BTEC Merit)
  • Minimum grade 4 in GCSE Maths

Curriculum Intent 

Within Key Stage 5 students will study units of work that contribute to a BTEC Level 3 qualification in Performing Arts. These units include a wide range of training, opportunities and performance in all Performing Arts disciplines.

BTECs embody a fundamentally learner-centred approach to the curriculum, with a flexible, unit-based structure and knowledge applied in project-based assessments. They focus on the holistic development of the practical, interpersonal and thinking skills required to be able to succeed in employment and higher education.

The Extended Diploma is a two-year, full-time course that meets entry requirements in its own right for learners who want to progress to higher education courses in performing arts areas before entering employment.

At LeAF Studio, we have selected the Musical Theatre pathway to allow our students to become and/or develop as a triple threat performer; what is needed for peak success in the industry.

Dependent on a students remaining A-level options they will either be entered on the Diploma or Extended Diploma in Performing Arts

  • Level 3 Extended Diploma in Performing Arts = 3 A-levels

13 Units – 7 Mandatory – 6 Optional – 4 of which are externally assessed

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Performing Arts Specification 

  • Level 3 Diploma in Performing Arts = 2 A-levels

8 Units – 6 Mandatory – 2 Optional – 3 of which are externally assessed

BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Performing Arts Specification

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Performing Arts Specification 

Our full Performing Arts curriculum intent, implementation and impact document can be found by clicking here.

Additional Performing Arts Training

In addition to our BTEC qualification, our Post 16 students have full access to our Performing Arts training programme, this includes non-curriculum based vocational training in Dance, Acting, Musical Theatre, Voice, Acrobatic Arts. Details of our technical training can be found by clicking here.

Students on our Performing Arts programme have access to our VD and IP programme, more details of this can be found by clicking here.

As part of their Performing Arts studies, students will have the opportunity to perform in several productions each year, both at LeAF Studio and at professional venues locally and further afield.