BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Performing Arts (Musical Theatre with Dance)


In response to increasing student demand and owing to the success of previous courses and performances, the College now offers four BTEC Level 3 courses in Performing Arts.  Of these, two are Diploma courses (the equivalent to two A Levels):
  • Performing Arts (Acting with Musical Theatre)
  • Performing Arts (Musical Theatre with Dance).
Both courses give students the opportunity to hone their performance skills (in their chose areas) while stepping up to play a crucial role in the organisation and development of performance pieces.
Students benefit from being taught by staff who’ve worked professionally in the Performing Arts industry. The close-knit, lively nature of the teaching groups contributes to an extremely supportive and dynamic environment.

The courses are practical, involving performance, coursework, and many opportunities to take part in plays and productions. Students will develop knowledge of the styles of practitioners and explore the ideas and themes of contemporary theatre, as well as devising and producing original work.

Take a look at some students' recent performances (across a mix of Performing Arts Courses) in the Performing Arts Photo Galleries and see the Final Showcase programme for May 2016.


What goes well with this course?

If students are interested in focusing on Performing Arts during their time at College one of these combined Diploma courses may well be for them. Students often combine these courses with another more academic subject such as English Literature, English Language, Sociology, Psychology and Government & Politics.


BTEC qualifications are valued in Higher Education and by employers. Students could consider Higher Education and careers in the following areas:
  • A Performing Arts degree
  • Performance design and management
  • Careers in Acting, Entertainment and performance industries
  • Performance support, Arts Administration, workshop leadership and support
Depending on other Advanced level courses, students could also consider working in Drama Therapy, Speech Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Teaching, Journalism, Advertising, Marketing or Travel and Tourism.

Course Content

The courses are practical involving performance, coursework, and there are many opportunities to take part in plays and productions. Students will develop knowledge of the styles of practitioners and explore the ideas and themes of contemporary theatre, as well as devising and producing original work.

Take a look at some students' recent performances in the Performing Arts Photo Gallery.



Educational Experiences

Course Specific Trips, Visits & Experiences

Performing Arts students have the opportunity to take part in a variety of course related experiences. In the last couple of years, these have included:

  • A variety of College productions.
  • Regular theatre trips - recent trips have included: Phantom of the Opera, Book of Mormon, Sweeney Todd and Gypsy

In addition to course specific experiences, students also have the opportunity to get involved in the College’s Activities Programme


During each term of the course students will work towards a production that will involve a performance of a combination of disciplines. Students will investigate the structure of performance and the training of performers. There will be a practical and written external assessment. 

The exam board for this BTEC is Pearson BTEC.

Entry Requirements

All students need to have at least five GCSEs at  Grade 4 or above (and a satisfactory school reference) in order to be accepted on an A Level/BTEC Level 3 Programme. 

 In addition, students should meet the following minimum GCSE requirement:

  • Grade 4 in English Language 

Students without at least a Grade 4 in GCSE Drama will be expected to have some previous experience in Performing Arts, and will be required to demonstrate their ability at interview.

A typical Performing Arts student is lively, ambitious, hardworking and expressive. It is vital that they should be willing to perform in public, work with others, solve problems, plan their own learning, and communicate effectively through speaking. Students should also be able to use information technology for research and for completing coursework.

How to Apply

Applications for entry September 2018

The application form for the academic year 2018-2019 is available to download here.

Students from non-partner schools must return their forms directly to Reigate College, NOT their schools. All applications will be considered according the College's Admissions Policy.

Students from partner schools (Reigate, Warwick, de Stafford and Oakwood) should return their completed Partner Schools Application Form to their school. 

The initial cut-off date for applications for entry September 2018 is 1st November 2017. A student's chances of obtaining a place are higher, the earlier the application is made. Students who apply after 1st November 2017 will be placed on a waiting list.

Please see the Admissions timetable for information about the College’s enrolment process.

Download Course Leaflet

Download the BTEC Level 3 Certificate/Extended Certificate/Diploma Performing Arts information leaflet.

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