St John Plessington Catholic College

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Head of Department:

Mrs S Stevenson




BTEC Level 2 First Award in Performing Arts


Throughout the course, you will become a member of a theatre company, devising and rehearsing performance material for a live audience. The course is a vocational course and as such it is designed to develop knowledge and understanding of the Performing Arts sector by applying skills during performance. You will study the following three components over a period of two years:

Component 1: Exploring the Performing Arts

In this component you will develop a practical understanding of how performing arts work is created. You will look at elements such as roles, responsibilities and the application of relevant skills and techniques. You will have the chance to explore practically the work of different professionals to develop an appreciation of the methods they use to explore a theme and communicate to audiences through their work. You will broaden your knowledge through observing existing repertoire and by learning about professionals’ approaches and how they create and influence performance material.

This component is assessed through written portfolio work that is internally marked and externally moderated.

Component 2: Develop Skills and Techniques in the Performing Arts

This component will help you develop your performing arts skills and techniques through the reproduction of acting repertoire as performers.

This component is assessed through both the production of a live performance and written portfolio work that is internally marked and externally moderated.

Component 3: Performing to a Brief

You will be given the opportunity to work as part of a group to contribute to a workshop performance as either a performer or a designer in response to a brief and stimulus. This component is designed to draw upon the knowledge acquired in components 1 and 2 and as such should showcase skills.

This component is set and externally assessed by the exam board.


The BTEC Level 2 Tech Award in Performing Arts (Acting) is run over two years and the content is broken down into three components. In order to be awarded a qualification, a learner must complete and achieve an outcome for all three components. The overall grade is a direct aggregation of performance across individual components, with each component weighted according to the GLH. ‚Äč‚ÄčComponents 1 & 2 are internally assessed. These are set by Pearson, marked by the centre and

moderated by Pearson. The set assignments for both components have to be completed in

supervised conditions in a timetabled assessment window. Component 3 is an externally set task worth 40% of the total course grade. This is marked by Pearson as an external exam. 


This course prepares you for Further and Higher Education and employment. It may lead to studying Performing Arts in Sixth Form at SJP. You may also go on to study the subject at university or specialist colleges, or perhaps go on to work in the entertainment industry. The course may also be a good choice for those who just wish to develop their confidence through Performing Arts or have a passion for performing.