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BTEC Extended Diploma

The ArtsEd BTEC courses let you focus on your chosen area of performing arts and develop a comprehensive range of skills and techniques to help you reach your career goal.

BTEC Extended Diploma

The Level 3 Extended Diploma is the approximate equivalent of 3 A Levels and carries the equivalent UCAS points. These courses teach a range of professional and personal skills that will help you towards the next stage in your career.

Pornography, 2018

BTEC Acting

Acting students study the many disciplines and styles within drama performance. You will study both classical and contemporary theatre, as well as building directing techniques. Students will complete a detailed study in using the voice as an actor and develop devising skills over the two years. You will need to research the historical context of plays and reflect this in your work. You will rehearse and perform a wide range of material and become nuanced, versatile actors.

Betty Blue Eyes, 2018

BTEC Musical Theatre

Musical Theatre students study the disciplines of acting, singing and dancing. This will include ballet, tap and jazz, singing as a soloist and as part of an ensemble and approaching song and text from an actor’s point of view. All of this is underpinned with research and performance based assignments looking at the history of Musical Theatre, and study of the wide range of styles within the genre.

Dance Show, 2018

BTEC Dance 

BTEC Dance students participate in a wide range of dance classes including classical ballet, contemporary and jazz, taught by experts in their field. On completion of the course you will be a more confident performer with a clear understanding of the demands of the dance industry. Past students have gone on to pursue dance at Rambert School, The Urdang Academy, London Studio Centre, London School of Contemporary Dance, Bird College and Northern School of Contemporary Dance.

Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation Theatre

BTEC Production Arts

The BTEC programmes at ArtsEd are an exciting opportunity for students to work in a vocational context under professional conditions. The Production Arts pathway is a new course for 2015: its purpose is to enable learners to develop a substantial common core of knowledge and skills in all aspects of backstage work. Students will work with technical staff from across the school in a wide range of roles under a variety of performance conditions.

We are thrilled that in 2015 90% of BTEC students achieved Distinction or Distinction Star.

Head of Sixth Form Mark Ferrington


All the BTEC Programmes are project based, providing students with the opportunity to learn and develop skills whilst working as part of a company. Under the guidance of professional tutors (all of whom either worked or are still working in the industry), students will learn through a combination of workshops, lessons, masterclasses and rehearsals. Constant reference is made to current professional practice with regular theatre trips and visits to deepen your understanding of the arts. The skills you will develop over the two years will prepare you to make a smooth transition into the next stage of their career, be it university, drama school or the industry.


There are no final written exams for the Extended Diplomas. Assessment is varied, and is based on what is expected of performers in the industry. This means researching in detail, keeping clear rehearsal diaries and clearly analysing your performance skills. Over the two years you will be given a wide range of assignments which will require you to submit written, verbal and practical evidence. The portfolio created whilst undertaking the course will determine the final grade. Feedback is given continuously throughout the programme to ensure you are able to meet your full potential.