BTEC Performing Arts

Sir John Deane's has a stunning theatre complex and dance studio that is the jewel in the crown of this exciting performance-based course. You’ll learn in professional-style surroundings that will enhance your experience of this exciting subject. There are also many opportunities to perform at venues across Cheshire.

Performing Arts

What will I study?

This course offers you a specialist qualification with an ‘industry focus’. 

It includes developing skills in drama, movement and singing as well as performance skills and working with a live audience. The majority of the course is assessed through practical assignments, including workshops and rehearsals as well as performing. This is often accompanied by the compilation of portfolios of evidence to support criteria achieved - there is no formal examination. 

You will also get the opportunity to take part in the wealth of productions and performances that take place in College – whether a large-scale musical production or more intimate performances.

It is essential that you go to see as wide a range as possible of live theatre and performance events through organised College trips and visits of your own.

Co-curricular activities?

Sir John Deane’s has a thriving Performing Arts department with the chance to get involved both on stage and behind the scenes.

We stage many high quality performances ranging from large scale production to more intimate nights of theatre, music and dance. Recent productions include Return to the Forbidden Planet, Our Country’s Good, Guys and Dolls, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Miss Saigon.

We also have a number of theatre trips throughout the year across the North West and further afield as well as the chance to attend workshops with external practitioners working within the Performing Arts industry.

Where might it lead?

Your studies will enable you to develop skills needed to progress to a specialist performing arts college or university course – and ultimately a career in the performing arts industry. This is an insightful, challenging, confidence building and creative subject that develops a wide variety of highly desirable and marketable skills – something that will be of immense value in other subjects and eventually the world of work.


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