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Mount Carmel - College for Girls

BTEC Performing Arts (Level 1)  


This qualification is part of the foundation learning tier programme. The BTEC level 1 qualification is designed to enhance learners’ work and life skills in a range of vocational contexts. It is appropriate for a diverse range of learners including:

  • 14-19 year-old learners
  •  Those who need extra help with literacy and numeracy
  •  Those who enjoy working in a more practical and flexible environment
  • Students who benefit from an individualised approach to learning

Edexcel BTEC level 1 certificate in performing arts is a two year vocational course worth 2 GCSEs at levels D to G. The course is designed to equip students with an introduction to, and practical skills in a wide range of performance areas. This can lead to further study or future employment within performing arts.


What kind of person do I need to be to do performing arts?

  • In order to be successful in the performing arts course you need to be self-motivated and have a keen interest in the arts with a focus on Drama.
  • You need to have a love of performance and be confident enough to get up in front of others to present and perform.
  • You must also be prepared to give up time outside of lessons for rehearsals and research.


Course Outline

During your two years of you will work on a series of Units that will explore the performing arts industry. These include:- 


Unit 4: Promoting a Performing Arts Event

This unit aims to develop the knowledge and understanding needed to promote a performing arts event successfully.


Unit 6: Presenting Performing Arts Work

Presenting work to an audience can be both exciting and nerve-racking. It is something that all those involved in the performing arts do on a regular basis. This unit will give students a taste of what it is like to perform or work backstage.


Unit 14: Working in the Performing Arts

In this unit students will develop an understanding of the skills and training needed to work in the performing arts industry.



Assessment is based on completion of projects.  There is NO EXAM

All units and qualifications have a level assigned to them which represents the level of achievement. Entry level 3, level 1 and level 2 units can be studied. Qualifications are awarded based on the number of units completed and the level of the units studied.

Each unit has specified learning outcomes and assessment criteria. To pass an internally assessed unit, students must meet all the assessment criteria.


Career Opportunities

If you are thinking about going into the performing arts as a career this is a good starting point for you.

A Performing Arts BTEC will also demonstrate to a college or employer that you have good communication and interpersonal skills.