Sixth Form

Sixth Form

At Woodkirk Academy

  1. Courses
  2. Performing Arts

Welcome to Performing Arts

Choosing to study for Performing Arts (the BTEC National Level 3 qualification) is a great decision to make, for a variety of reasons. The qualification will allow you to look into the different areas of the Performing Arts, leading to a whole range of professions and sectors, allowing you to explore your creativity using all three art forms.

You will study everything from scripted to devised work, from musical theatre to variety performance, and take on key production roles for each performance. Essentially, you will be acting as a performance artist for two years. You make the decisions. You are responsible for your performance development. Guided by our experienced Music & Performing Arts team, your opportunities are endless. You are empowered to work independently and to grow as a performer.

If you enjoy performing, then this is the course for you. Come and join us!


The Performing Arts course is comprised of four assessed units.

  • Unit 1: Investigating Practitioners’ Work
    This is a critical analysis of a performance, and is marked externally.
  • Unit 2: Developing Skills & Techniques of Live Performance
    This is two performances, and is marked internally.
  • Unit 3: Group Performance Workshop
    This unit will assess your ability to work collaboratively to create a performance in response to a given stimulus, and is marked externally.
  • Unit 4: Optional units
    These units can be linked to specific art forms, and are marked internally.

Career & Progression Opportunities

Carers where a performing arts qualification could be useful are acting, community arts worker, dancer, drama therapist, music therapist, theatre director, broadcast presenter, teacher and theatre manager.

Entry Requirements

If you’d like to study Performing Arts, then you must have at least a Merit at BTEC Level 2 in Performing Arts, as well as at least a Grade 4 in GCSE English.

If you’d like to, you can download this information as a PDF file. Download the Performing Arts course information sheet (opens in a new tab) →