BTEC Level 2 Extended Certificate in Performing Arts: Acting


This qualification is worth two GCSEs and is made up of three practical and written coursework units that are assessed through controlled performances during the course; there is no final written exam. You will learn about the role of an Actor, the process of creating Drama, exploring different Drama forms and their uses. You will then use your knowledge of these areas to create and perform both scripted pieces, and your own devised work.

Currently the 3 units that are studied are: Acting Skills and Techniques, Performing Scripted Plays and Devising Plays. Students will learn and develop a range of drama skills and techniques, confidently choosing them to enhance a piece of drama, while also considering the style, stage layout, costume and technical requirements.

Students will normally work in small groups and therefore team work, motivation and compromise are important attributes, though each student receives an individual mark based on their own contribution and performance. Students will be encouraged to rehearse in their own time to further develop their work, and also to watch live theatre.

The BTEC Level 2 course offers an opportunity for students to experience a vocational course as an alternative to GCSE. It provides a more practical based route into each of our three main Performing Arts subjects – Drama, Dance and Music.

This will suit students who want a hands on approach. It will also enable you to progress to a higher level qualification such as the BTEC National which has been successfully run at Wigston College for a number of years.

NB: You are not allowed to choose GCSE Drama and BTEC Drama.

The course provides opportunities for students to develop a range of skills and techniques, personal qualities and attitudes essential for a successful performance in working life.


All BTEC courses are internally assessed from the work completed on the course. There are no externally set examinations.


Students who opt for this course will have learnt many skills that they can either employ directly if they pursue this course/career path at a higher level. Alternatively, they may take away from the course the transferable skills of problem solving, time management, communication and presentation skills as well as organisational and practical knowledge and skills learnt. This qualification will lead on well to BTEC Level 3 (currently running at Wigston College), or other professional qualifications taken as part of training in employment.