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This is an exciting course for anyone wishing to further develop their understanding of the performing arts. It is particularly suitable for people who enjoy the practical challenges of making performance.

The course will focus on drama and physical theatre but the second year will present opportunities to dance and sing should you wish to in the Variety Performance unit.

End of year shows will allow you to showcase your performing skills. You have to manage your time well, be prepared to rehearse after college (occasionally at weekends and in college holidays) and make evening theatre visits.

Please note that students cannot take Dance & Performing Arts (Acting) as these courses work towards the same qualification.


The course is continually assessed through practical performance and written assignments.

Entry Requirements

Grade 4 in GCSE English Language. Any relevant performance experience which can be demonstrated during the first weeks of the course. A genuine interest in drama and performance is important and a commitment to performance is essential.

Average GCSE Scores

Please note that for some of our courses, we require a minimum average GCSE score.
We use average GCSE scores to ensure our students enrol on courses where they have the greatest opportunity to succeed.

- - 9
A* - 8
A - 7
B - 6
C - 5
D - 4
E - 3
F - 2
G - 1

How to work out your average GCSE Score
To calculate your score, take your best eight GCSE qualifications which must include GCSE English Language and GCSE Maths. To work out each point score, add them all together and then divide the total by eight.

BTEC Firsts, CiDA, DiDA, Functional Skills Level 1/2, GCSE Short Courses, OCR Vocational & ECDL qualifications are not counted towards Average GCSE Scores however we do take them into consideration when assessing overall academic achievement and your suitability for BTEC and other vocational courses. 

There may be other requirements you need to meet, in order to enter EN on the desired programme you wish to study. If at any time you have any questions or queries please e-mail We will be happy to advise you further.

EN reserves the right to change our Entry Requirements to match the needs of our students.



Unit 1: Investigating Practitioners’ Work

Learners investigate the work of performing arts practitioners, develop critical analysis skills and contextual understanding of how practitioners communicate themes in their work. The assessment takes the form of an extended piece of writing.

Unit 2: Developing Skills and Techniques for Live Performance

Learners explore technical performance skills with a focus on developing and demonstrating skills and techniques in at least two performance styles within a selected discipline.


Unit 3: Group Performance Workshop

Learners explore and integrate creative, physical and vocal skills and techniques, working collaboratively to create a performance in response to a given stimulus.

Unit 28: Variety Performance

Learners develop skills, techniques and understanding in variety performance, applying these to a practical act.


With this qualification you can apply to many universities (for performance based or other creative courses) and vocational performing arts training schools. The course is suitable for anyone wanting to pursue the arts or dance in Higher Education, or as support for any course or employment requiring good communication and group work skills.

Course Information


BTEC Level 3

Course Work