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Extended Certificate in Performing & Production Arts

Here at Petroc, we know how passionately performing arts students feel about their subject. That’s why we do all we can to harness that passion in a learning environment that can give you every chance to acquire new skills and explore your full potential.

Centred on acting and theatre conventions, this Performing Arts course gives you an insight into the professional world of theatre and performance. Working as an ensemble, you will cover a variety of performance styles and develop performance techniques such as: use of voice where you will develop projection, articulation and clarity within performance – all discovered and explored through developing monologues for performance.

The course develops rehearsal and performance skills through working in-depth on both devising and performing classical and contemporary play texts. You will spend time focusing on character development and different performance conventions and styles – ranging from classical theatre through to more contemporary theatre practitioners.

Units include:
– Acting Skills
– Performing Scripted Plays
– Performance Context

You will also develop skills in movement and dance, focusing on physical theatre performance.

Alongside the vocational elements, the performing arts business is covered to give you a wider knowledge of the industry. This unit allows you to develop knowledge of the industry as a whole, with the aim of giving you the tools to understand employment and training progression routes available to you after the course has been completed.

The course develops an ethos of teamwork through performance projects ranging from acting, movement and musical theatre productions. You will work as a theatre company to rehearse, perform, administrate and organise your own production under your teacher’s guidance using the specialist facilities that Petroc has to offer. With this, you will be involved in all aspects of staging (costume, props and marketing) and will have the opportunity to paint and construct sets and props where appropriate. In some cases, you will also provide light, sound and music for the shows too, alongside performing full-scale productions for live audiences in professional surroundings at Petroc’s own fully-equipped theatre and at professional venues in the area. This gives you an insight into the performing arts business and production side of the industry, allowing you to develop skills both on and off stage.

Apply for this course

Sep 2021 : Brannams : Full-time
Course Code : FTB093 (2021)
Level : Level 2
Duration : 1 Year
Brannams campus Apply
Sep 2022 : Brannams : Full-time
Course Code : FTB093 (2022)
Level : Level 2
Duration : 1 Year
Brannams campus Apply

Course details


The course is primarily assessed through coursework which includes rehearsal, performances, research, written assignments, diary keeping, discussion and evaluation, and performance. All coursework is marked by two lecturers and a sample is verified by an Edexcel examiner. This ensures that all marking is fair and matches Edexcel standards.

There are two externally assessed units comprising of completing an unseen written task based on your performance specialism and a performance of rehearsed work. These units are assessed by an Edexcel examiner and are timed assessments.

Through the year, there is one online exam which you complete for the Performing Arts Business unit. You will cover all aspects of the exam and have revision sessions in preparation for this.

There will be certain key dates (like performance deadlines) by which you have to complete work, but there are no timed written tests. You will study eight units each of which will be graded Pass, Merit, or Distinction. These are then condensed down to the one grade you will receive at the end of the course.

Entry Requirements

All entrants must hold four GCSEs at grade 3 or equivalent (or above), preferably including GCSE Maths and English. If you do not have a GCSE grade 4 in Maths and/or English you will continue studying these subjects alongside your chosen course(s). At the end of the year, you are expected to have completed and achieved all the components of your Level 2 Study Programme and improved your Maths and English skills before progressing to your next level course


On successful completion of this study programme, to a Merit or above, you will be able to progress on to the Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma.

Facilities and resources

The college has a theatre, rehearsal rooms and a dance studio.


Q: What sort of shows do you do?

A: In the last two years, we have performed extracts from Blood Brothers, Chicago, Stomp, Ten times Table (Play) and DNA (Play). Our students have also performed in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Play), Peaky Blinders (Physical Theatre) and Me and My Girl (Musical).

Study Programme

Every full-time student at Petroc will have their own Study Programme which will include:

– Your academic or vocational qualification.

– Maths and English Language development – if you have not achieved GCSE grade 4 in either of these subjects.

– Work Experience – hours will vary depending on your qualification and course level.

– Tutor Support – to support your personal, academic and professional development.

– Sustainability – helping you to identify how you can improve the sustainability of your future employment sectors.

– Personal Development Awards – developing six key areas of personal and employability behaviours to prepare you for the working world.

Apply for this course

Staring Date : 13/09/2021
Course Code : FTB093 (2021) Brannams campus Apply
Staring Date : 12/09/2022
Course Code : FTB093 (2022) Brannams campus Apply

Why Petroc should be your first choice

Petroc offers high quality education and training across North and Mid Devon. We provide outstanding learning, excellent facilities, strong connections to employers and a supportive environment to help you fulfil your education goals and set you on your path to the career of your dreams.

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We offer a supportive and inclusive environment where you can flourish and feel a valued member of the college and wider community. 


Our teaching spaces and facilities are some of the best in the region, providing stimulating and true-to-life learning environments. 


We’ll provide you with the experiences you need to be ready for employment or the next step on your educational journey.


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