Coastal Academy Trust

BTEC Performing Arts

Here at King Ethelbert we pride ourselves on delivering an exciting and unique performing arts experience that focuses on the individual student. Here are some of the reasons why KES is right for you:

  • ‘Triple Threat’ training in acting, dancing & singing

  • Tutors with wide range of experience and contacts with a wide range of performing artists and stage schools
  • Small class sizes meaning more one to one attention, support and feedback

  • Excellent rapport with your peers and tutors

  • Bespoke curriculum tailor-made to your needs and interests

  • A relaxed and independent atmosphere where personal challenge and high expectation is at the heart of everything we do

  • Additional opportunities for professional tuition in instrumental/TRINITY lessons

  • Regular opportunity to work with external professionals

  • Performances that are placed in a real context using a variety of different and professional venues

  • Creative ownership and control over performance projects

  • Regular trips and visits to performance events

  • Active and exciting links with the such as Royal Shakespeare Company and The Marlowe Theatre

  • Excellent facilities, including a mirrored dance studio, fully equipped black box drama studio and music studio

Who is this qualification for?

This qualification is for anyone entering post-16 education, with a passion for performing arts. This course will enable you to extend your foundation knowledge, developing your existing skills and prepare you for higher education or a career within the industry.

Entry Requirements

• You must adhere to the King Ethelbert School’s entry requirements.

• Students without a Level 2 qualification in Performing Arts, Drama, Dance & Music may be considered for this course.

What will you study?

You will study a total of 8 units, designed to make you a ‘triple threat’ (strong actor, singer and dancer) and thus able to compete within the industry. The course we offer is bespoke and tailored to the strengths, needs and interests of the group. Below you will find examples of units we have delivered in the past:

1 Investigating Practitioners’ Work

Analyse the contextual factors that have influenced and informed the work of performing arts practitioners.

2 Developing Skills and Techniques for Live Performance

Develop the tools of the trade: the body, the voice, creative and intellectual skills.

3 Group Performance Workshop

Develop your ability to utilise your unique skills within a group, whilst devising a creative shared vision.

4 Performing Arts in the Community

Apply your specialist performance skills and techniques to a challenging and exciting community project.

5 Individual Performance Commission

An exciting opportunity to experience the professional process of commission: creating performance work to suit a specific purpose and target audience.

6 Final Live Performance to an Audience

Utilise all the skills you have learnt and developed during the course in the final performance of a chosen show. With full involvement throughout; from initial planning stages, research, practical exploration through to performance for a live audience.

Two further units will be selected once the application is completed in order to select the most appropriate units to suit the students each year. These units can focus on skills such as choreography, singing, acting and directing.


Assessment in performing arts is both internal (through your teacher) and external (through the exam board) depending upon the unit. Assessment is practically and theoretically based throughout the course.


For more information, please contact Miss Angela Feuillatre, Head of Performing Arts.