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musical theatre level 3 at aspire sixth form

Musical Theatre Level 3 BTEC National Extended Certificate in Performance

Throughout the two years, you will be challenged to develop your personal and creative potential alongside acquiring the technical and interpretative skills required for performance. Areas of training lead to the creation of a variety of live performances and include:

  • vocal techniques
  • acting techniques
  • devising
  • directing
  • movement techniques
  • choreography
  • rehearsal
  • performance skills and etiquette

In addition, you will explore theatre history including in-depth analysis of various theatre practitioners and will undertake preparation and training for auditions for future opportunities in the industry and Higher Education courses. To inform and enhance your learning and development you will be expected to undertake independent rehearsals, study and research.

This course is aimed at students who have a natural talent for acting. You must have good levels of fitness, commitment and motivation. Students will be expected to work as part of a group, responding to a range of stimuli and challenging their personal and creative potential.

Students have 10 hours a fortnight including a designated study session. Students will take part in technical classes, creative and skill-based workshops and theoretical sessions led by staff and visiting industry professionals. You will take part in a variety of projects and performances throughout the two years, including two school productions and a range of smaller performances and workshops.

What you will learn

  • Unit 1: Investigating Practitioners’ Work – you are assessed on your critical analysis skills and contextual understanding of how practitioners communicate themes in their work.
  • Unit 2: Live Performance – you are assessed with a focus on developing skills and techniques in at least two performance styles.
  • Unit 3: Group Performance Workshop – you are assessed through creative, physical and vocal skills and techniques, working collaboratively to create a performance in response to a given stimulus.
  • Unit 27: Musical Theatre Techniques – you are assessed through performing in the annual school production. You will apply musical theatre techniques to the development, rehearsal and performance of the annual school show.

How you will be assessed

Two Internal Units

  • One unit in year 12 and one unit in year 13
  • Each unit will be assessed through a combination of your rehearsal & performance in the school production alongside supporting coursework
  • Each unit will be marked by your teacher and awarded with either a Pass, Merit or Distinction

Two External Units

  • One unit in year 12 and one unit in year 13
  • Each unit will be assessed through an exam brief released by the exam board. Work will be prepared within a given time period with support from your teacher
  • Each unit will be marked by the exam board and awarded with either Pass, Merit or Distinction
  • Overall grades for the qualification will result in a Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction*

Entry Requirements

  • Five GCSEs at grade 4 or above; including English and/or maths.
  • National data suggests successful students will have achieved an average points score of 4.63 or more.

What career could I have?

This qualification provides you with the opportunity to develop all-round performance skills and transferable skills such as self-confidence, self-presentation, personal discipline, time management and organisation skills which are highly regarded by higher education and employers.

You could progress to a career in:

  • Theatre
  • Film
  • TV
  • Media and journalism
  • Law
  • Politics
  • Events
  • Teaching

What other courses go well with Musical Theatre?

  • English Literature
  • History
  • Media Studies
  • Music
  • Psychology
  • Creative and Media National Award
  • Art