Course Information


Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma in Performing Arts Practice

Pearson
Sessions

Below are the sessions that are available for this course.

Full-Time
Campus: Cookstown
Week Starting: 01 September 2022
Day: Subject to Timetable
Duration: 1 Year(s)
Number of Weeks: 34
Hours per Week: 15
Total Hours: 510
Fee: N/A
Places Available: 12
Course Coordinator: Ita.Molloy@swc.ac.uk

Full-Time
Campus: Enniskillen
Week Starting: 01 September 2022
Day: Subject to Timetable
Duration: 1 Year(s)
Number of Weeks: 34
Hours per Week: 15
Total Hours: 510
Fee: N/A
Places Available: 12
Course Coordinator: Ian.Blackford@swc.ac.uk

Description

The National Foundation Diploma, equivalent to 1.5 A Levels, is for learners who are looking to study performing arts as a one-year, full-time course and for those who wish to take it alongside another area of contrasting or complementary study, as part of a two-year, full-time study programme. This qualification has been designed to provide learners with the skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to progress to further education, higher education and training or employment in the Performing Arts industry. This programmes is designed for progression and to provide a substantial portfolio as an outcome of undertaking significant experimental explorations and projects that showcases learners’ skills and knowledge will prepare them for progression. Reducing the number of units and assessments allows for largescale projects and provides a holistic learning experience for all. This enables a diagnostic process that balances development of skills with personal growth and intentions. The breadth of study in each qualification gives learners opportunities to consider their practice in the context of professional practice with work from inception of ideas to completion. The assessment enables learners to demonstrate valuable skills such as analysis, planning, organisation and critical thinking in the context of developing practical outcomes. Core technical skills development that covers all practices has been embedded throughout the programme.

Additional Information

To deepen and refine students’ skills over time, this course has been designed to ensure exposure to teaching and learning approaches that challenge learners. This is supported by the five mandatory areas of content, which are developed to give learners valuable transferable skills. The five content areas are:

  • Development of performing arts skills Management of projects
  • Self-analysis and reflection
  • Appreciation of the performing arts industry and their future role in it
  • The ability to present themselves and their achievements effectively
  • Learners taking this qualification will study two mandatory learning and teaching modules:
  • Skills Development
  • The Performing Arts Industry
  • This qualification has been designed to enable and encourage multidisciplinary practice and integration of all the relevant skills that learners want to develop. The mandatory content allows learners to concentrate on the development of their technical performance skills and creation techniques and relate them to the performing arts industry.

    Course Content

    Learners taking this qualification will study two mandatory learning and teaching modules:

  • Skills Development
  • The Performing Arts Industry
  • This qualification has been designed to enable and encourage multidisciplinary practice and integration of all the relevant skills that learners want to develop. The mandatory content allows learners to concentrate on the development of their technical performance skills and creation techniques and relate them to the performing arts industry.

    Core Modules

  • Skills Development
  • The Performing Arts Industry
  • Assessment Method

    There are two learning and teaching modules in the Foundation Diploma –

  • A Skills Development and
  • F the Performing Arts Industry, allowing learners to develop and advance their skills iteratively.
  • Each learning and teaching module has related assessment units-
  • A1 Exploring Performance Styles,
  • A2 Creating Performance Material;
  • A3 Performing for an Audience and
  • F16 Planning a Career in the Industry.
  • As all units are internally assessed, they allow learners to use large-scale projects, workshops and completing assignments, as the basis for generating evidence for assessment. Learners must complete all two assessment units and achieve a Pass grade or above in each assessment criterion. The Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma in Performing Arts Practice is graded using an overall qualification grading of P to D*, attracting UCAS points in the same way as A Level grades.

    Progression Opportunities

    If learners complete this qualification in a year, they may progress to further learning at Level 3, for example another Diploma with 540 GLH in a complementary sector or the Pearson BTEC National Extended Diploma in Performing Arts Practice. If taken as part of a programme of study that includes other BTEC Nationals or A Levels, it supports progression to higher education. It also supports progression to an apprenticeship in the performing arts sector or to a further year of study at Level 3.

    Entry Requirements

    Four GCSEs grade C or above or equivalent preferably in relevant creative subjects. Entry is subject to a successful interview with the course co-ordinator.