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Creative and Performing Arts: Acting

Course Information

Literacy ****
Numeracy *****
Communications ***
Creativity ***
Practical ***
Group Work ***
Examination Assessment 100%
Non Examination Assessment 0%
EBacc x
Examination Board RSL
Course Level 1/2

General Information

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Drama is not just for those wanting to act!

Drama actively engages students in a wide range of creative, practical and stimulating activities. The subject also helps to develop individuals as effective, confident and independent students and as critical and reflective thinkers with enquiring minds.

The course works to develop competence in a range of practical, creative and performance skills whilst encouraging students to work imaginatively and creatively in a collaborative context, generating and developing and communicating ideas.

Career paths in this subject can range from all areas of theatre work to teaching and even a career in Law. The subject provides students with many transferable skills which are highly valued in the workplace.

The Eduqas Level 1/2 Vocational Award in Performing Arts (Acting) provides a strong and appropriate foundation for further progression to Drama courses, including A-level Drama and Theatre Studies, and enhanced vocational and career options. As this is a performance-based course, students must be prepared to perform on a regular basis for their classmates and a wider audience.

What will I need to succeed?

  • The ability to work well in a group.
  • A willingness to perform in lessons and sometimes publicly.
  • Good organisational skills.
  • The willingness to read scripts, learn lines and research topics for background information.
  • The ability to work to deadlines.
  • The ability to creatively and explore ideas practically.
  • The ability to communicate in good written English – this is especially important for the written Portfolio Assessment work and External Assessment.
  • A genuine interest in the theatre and dramatic arts.

Subject Content

Level 2 Vocational Award Performing Arts (Acting)

Expected Assessment Requirements (Unclassified – Distinction *)

This is the equivalent of a full GCSE course offering a range of grades from Pass, Merit, Distinction to Distinction *. A Pass grade on the course is equivalent to a level 4 pass on the GCSE grading system. If students do not meet the level 2 requirement, they will automatically be assessed for the Level 1 (Foundation level)

Assessment is broken down into the following areas:

Acting Pathway

The qualification comprises of 3 compulsory units. There is no formal written exam but all units contain a portfolio of evidence which must be submitted.

Unit 1 Performing Internal Assessment
Unit 2 Creating Internal Assessment
Unit 3 Performing Arts in Practice External Assessment

Unit 1: Performing – Students will gain a holistic knowledge and understanding of the skills and techniques needed to reproduce an existing piece of professional/published work. (Scripted).

Unit 2: Creating – Students will gain, develop and demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the skills and techniques needed to create and refine original work in the performing arts. (Devising)

Unit 3: Performing Arts in Practice – This unit introduces students to areas of the performing arts that need to be considered when responding to an industry commission. Students will need to draw on their knowledge of the skills and techniques needed to reproduce an existing piece of professional/published work from Unit 1 alongside their knowledge and understanding of the skills and techniques needed to create and refine original work from Unit 2.

The subject content will include both practical and theoretical lessons.

What other Subjects go well with Performing Arts?

This course builds on and uses the knowledge and skills you learn in your GCSEs, particularly in English, Drama and Dance. It can also be complementary learning for GCSE Media Studies. This course is different from studying GCSEs, as, by taking part in different types of practical vocational activities across a range of disciplines and styles before focussing on one area in which to develop your skills and techniques, it gives you the opportunity to apply your knowledge, skills and the techniques you learn in practical ways.


Is a Level 2 Qualification the equivalent of a GCSE?
Yes. A GCSE is also level 2 qualification. The BTEC Level 2 is recognised at the same level as the GCSE. It just goes by a different name.

Will colleges recognise the qualification?
Yes they will. Colleges also offer courses that don’t carry the traditional A-Level moniker, so will be familiar with a variety of Level 2 courses that do not carry the GCSE name.

Why change from the GCSE?
The BTEC offers a more practical approach to the study of Drama and acting than the current GCSE specification. Whilst there is still a theory element to the BTEC course it is not as heavily weighted in favour of the theory as the GCSE (which is 70% in total). Pupils can focus more on the practical study of a practical subject.

What careers it can lead to after leaving Swanmore College

Having a qualification in Drama can lead to many further courses and careers. Examples of the many careers include actor, front of house managers, cameraman, wardrobe manager, stage technician, film producer.