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BTEC Level 1 Firsts Award in Performing Arts

Older members of the Triplestar Associates study this 7-credit Pearson BTEC Level 1 Award (QCF), which provides an introduction to the skills, qualities and knowledge that may be required for employment in a particular vocational sector.

It has been developed to:

  • encourage personal development through practical participation and performance in a range of performing arts disciplines
  • give learners a wider understanding and appreciation of performing arts through defined pathways
  • provide education and training for performing arts employees
  • give opportunities for performing arts employees to achieve a nationally recognised level 1 or level 2 vocationally specific qualification
  • give full-time learners the opportunity to progress to other vocational qualifications, such as BTEC Nationals, specifically the Pearson BTEC Level 3 in Performing Arts (QCF), and, in due course, to progress to employment in the performing arts sector
  • give full-time learners the opportunity to progress to general qualifications, such as the Pearson GCE in Drama and Theatre Studies
  • give learners the opportunity to develop a range of skills, techniques and personal attributes essential for successful performance in working life.

Who is this qualification for?

This qualification is a Technical Award equivalent in size to one GCSE. It is designed as an introductory level 2 course for pre-16 students who want to include an introduction to some of the key areas within the Performing Arts sector as part of their broader Key Stage 4 curriculum.

To enroll on this course, you must become a member of our Triplestar Associates programme.

The content enables students to develop knowledge and understanding by applying their learning and skills in a work-related context. It enables students to undertake a range of diverse activities, including live performance to an audience and creating audio and video.

What will the learner study as part of this qualification?

The qualification provides an engaging and stimulating introduction to the world of performing arts. Students will explore some of the key areas within the sector such as acting, dance, production, musical theatre and performance.

Mandatory units

The mandatory units provide the underpinning knowledge and skills. This qualification consists of two mandatory units:

  • "Individual Showcase" – Students explore different career, training and education opportunities within performing arts, and choose one of them to demonstrate their skills. This unit is assessed via an externally set task.
  • "Preparation, Performance and Production" – This unit requires students to work together to explore, develop and shape ideas for a performance and is internally assessed.

The units outlined above provide knowledge and experience of the audition/presentation process.

Optional units

In addition to the mandatory units, students will study one further optional unit from a choice of five, which will allow them to look in more detail at a particular aspect of performing arts.

The five internally assessed optional units are:

  • Acting Skills
  • Dance Skills
  • Musical Theatre Skills
  • Music Performance Skills
  • Production Skills for Performance

What knowledge and skills will the student develop as part of this qualification and how might these be of use and value in further studies?

Through studying this qualification, all students will gain:

  • a wider understanding and appreciation of Performing Arts
  • knowledge and experience of the audition, presentation, production and performance process
  • a range of skills, techniques and personal attributes essential for successful performance in working life

This will provide a sound basis for progression for those students who wish to study a related qualification at level 3, such as BTEC Performing Arts, or A level Drama.

Students will also develop transferable technical and practical skills in written and oral communication, research and project management (providing an opportunity for them to demonstrate reflective practice and articulate their rationale for decisions made) which will be valuable in support of progression to any academic or vocational level 3 course.

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