BTEC LEVEL 3

EXTENDED DIPLOMA -

PERFORMING ARTS

(MUSICAL THEATRE)

ASA Theatre Arts provide revolutionary training in Musical Theatre, balancing rigorous technique principles across acting, singing and dance, while promoting creativity and artistic identity for performers at the start of their professional training.

 

​Our vocational training will launch students towards a successful career in Musical Theatre and the Performing Arts, whether that be as a West End performer, entertainer or teacher. We are proud to offer leading UCAS recognised qualifications alongside specialised, technical training.

 

The ASA Theatre Arts College runs over 4 intense days per week, and you will be taught by industry professionals every single day.

 

Our career-focused approach means you will gain a BTEC Level 3 in Musical Theatre (UCAS POINTS EQUIVALENT TO 3 A-LEVELS), whilst taking intensive classes across all disciplines, practising for auditions, and preparing both mentally and physically for one of the most challenging, yet rewarding of careers.

BTEC Level 3 Performing Arts Musical Theatre Dance Triple Threat Stage School Hinckley Leicestershire Midland

This is a brilliant academy with extremely professional and qualified teaching staff , who are also truly lovely people. I have learnt so much in my 2 years here and I couldn’t have progressed as much as I have without this school.
 

 The school shows are a chance to perform and experience how it feels to be on stage , and all the students always encourage, cheer on, and support one another , which is lovely.


You won’t find a better theatre school in the area. Absolutely fantastic!

Julie Williams - Parent

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ASA was most definitely the best choice of College for my Daughter, she has grown as a performer so much. This is thanks to the amazing variety of classes and West End workshops that she gets to attend week in week out. Alana has so much experience to offer and my daughter regularly attends practice auditions for the West End with many different professionals -a great way to prepare her for Uni. Highly recommend!

Amy Mcevilly - Parent

OUR PROGRAM

(MUSICAL THEATRE)

Our program of excellence boasts a high number of contact hours per week, taught solely by industry performers from West End, Theatre, TV, Film and Cabaret, with credits including Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera, Heathers, Wicked, Legally Blonde, Jersey Boys, Shrek, Matilda, The Bodyguard, Mamma Mia, Grease, We Will Rock You and Thriller, to name but a few.

 

Classes are individually tailored to the strengths of each student, giving a personalised training program of modules. Due to the nature of smaller year groups, every student is nurtured, supported, challenged and important. 

Students perform extensively over the two years, working in a professional rehearsal environment, with a wide variety of directors and choreographers. Performances may include a play, musical revue concert, community theatre project, monologue, or solo song and dance, with each year culminating in a public, full-scale 'book' musical production. A standard of excellence, positive working environment and supportive peer group is promoted both in the classroom and performance setting.

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"the next generation of training for passionate performers"

 

JENNY CAMERON 

BA(HONS), PGCE, SLE (Specialist Leader in Education) in Drama,

and a TES Shortlisted Drama Teacher of the Year.

ASA Theatre Arts are proud to be partnered with Stagedoor Learning, a groundbreaking provider of Performing Arts training in Cheltenham. Director Jenny Cameron has been teaching for over 20 years. She graduated from the University of Warwick with a BA (Hons) in English & Theatre Studies, and completed her PGCE at the same university in 1997. Jenny was recently featured in The Stage, read the article HERE.

 

Highlights of Jenny’s teaching career so far include directing 120 Warwickshire students in a production at the Millennium Dome and working with the Almeida Theatre in London – undertaking projects which allowed students to write a script under the mentorship of award winning playwright David Eldridge and to learn from actors such as Jonny Lee Miller and Eddie Redmayne.  Jenny has always been committed to providing the best possible opportunities for her students, working closely with the professional theatres, and building partnerships, through them, with other organisations. This has allowed students to appear in professional productions, including Anita & Me, A Tale of Two Cities, An Inspector Calls and A View From The Bridge, as well as to undertake extensive work experience in the theatre. Jenny was appointed Specialist Leader in Education for Drama in 2012 and was shortlisted for the Times Educational Supplement Drama Teacher of the Year Award.

 

Students choosing to study full time Performing Arts in ASA Theatre Arts’ 6th Form programme will not only work towards a Level 3 BTEC in Performing Arts, which is equivalent to 3 full A levels, and is accepted, and respected, by universities and drama schools across the UK as entry to higher education, but will have unprecedented access to the world of the Performing Arts industry.

 

Data at the end of last academic year:

Attendance - 97%

Students at or above target grade - 100%

Retention rate - 100%

Average expected grade - D*D*D. (Distinction Star, Distinction Star, Distinction)

BTEC Musical Theatre Drama School Stage School Hinckley Midlands Coventry

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ASA Theatre Arts provides industry-driven training, whilst streamlining the BTEC qualification cleverly through the course. The new BTEC Nationals promote a practically based learning environment over 13 units, whilst ensuring theoretical excellence, relevant to the Performing Arts sector. The mandatory and optional content provides a balance of breadth and depth, while retaining a degree of choice for individual learners to study content relevant to their own interests and progression choices. The proportion of mandatory content ensures that all learners are following a coherent programme of study and acquiring the knowledge, understanding and skills that will be recognised and valued within the industry today.

 

Through learners performing vocational tasks, the development of appropriate vocational behaviours and transferable skills are encouraged. Transferable skills are those such as communication, teamwork, research and analysis, which are valued in both higher education and the workplace. Our approach provides rigour and balance, and promotes the ability to apply learning immediately over a wide range of contexts. A breakdown of all units included within the course can be found below:

BTEC Level 3 Performing Arts

COURSE CONTENT

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COURSE UNITS

Unit 3: Group Performance Workshop


Creation of new performance can be the result of a group process, where the development and shaping of the material and artistic and creative decisions are the result of collaboration. While this differs from the creative process of the sole playwright or choreographer, the outcome will often be rich and rewarding work reflecting a shared vision, as well as demonstrating the unique individual input, skills and creativity of each member of the ensemble. Many professional practitioners work as devising companies to develop new, and often innovative, performance material. This may be in response to a specific commission, to meet the needs of a target audience, or to explore an artistic theme or idea. In this unit, you will learn how to respond to a given stimulus as part of a group, using research, discussion and practical exploration to develop performance material and later present an informal presentation of the work to an invited audience. As a member of a team, you will contribute to the creative development and rehearsal process, shaping and refining the work and applying performance and teamwork skills. You will share responsibility for creative decisions regarding the nature and direction of the intended performance, and your individual contribution will reflect your own skills through the group’s interests and ideas. The workshop performance will be an opportunity to try out the work before an audience to invite discussion and evaluation of its potential. The work may be in a single discipline or combine elements of dance, acting, musical theatre and variety. You will reflect on the development process, considering the success and potential of the work for further development, as well as evaluating your own contribution to the process and the product. To complete the assessment tasks within this unit, you will need to draw on your learning from across your programme. This unit will prepare you for progression to higher education as well as careers in the performing arts industry. The experience, skills and knowledge gained through this unit are applicable to a range of job roles, including performing, directing, choreography, devising, Theatre in Education (TIE) and project leadership.




Unit 4: Performing Arts in the Community


Performing arts in the community gives you challenging and exciting ways to apply your specialist performance skills. You will perform in a range of venues, for example schools, community centres, care homes, theatres and in the street; allowing you to educate and inform as well as entertain groups from different communities. In this unit, you will develop skills and techniques that allow you to apply your performance skills, such as dance and drama, to a community project. You will learn how to respond to and meet the needs of the community by listening and sharing ideas with beneficiaries, and modelling these into a performance. You will reflect on your progress as you develop and apply skills and techniques, setting targets and reviewing your progress. The skills you develop in this unit will give you progression opportunities and transferable skills that can be applied to a range of performance types. Skills such as working with others, creative thinking and problem solving will support your progression to further study or employment.




Unit 7: Employment Opportunities in the Performing Arts


Performing arts organisations come in many shapes and sizes. They are set up with a range of aims and objectives and exist through different structures to serve a variety of purposes, and therefore provide a breadth of progression opportunities. In this unit, you will gain an understanding of professional business practice in the performing arts industries. You will look at how self-promotion is used to gain employment and how professionals present ideas to support their progression. You will apply your knowledge and understanding to vocationally relevant scenarios and tasks. To complete the assessment tasks within this unit, you will need to draw on your learning from across your programme. As performing arts practitioners, you will need a good understanding of how organisations function, how to develop the skills to promote yourself, and know how to identify and present potential ideas.




Unit 23: Singing Techniques for Performers


Singing is a valuable skill for anyone planning a career as a performer. Opportunities for singing in the performing arts industry are many and varied, such as musical theatre, variety shows, cabaret and plays with significant musical content. In this unit, you will develop the skills required to be a singer by participating in technique classes, rehearsal and performance pieces. You will learn about the structure and physiology of the singing voice and develop an understanding of how the sound is produced. You will develop a repertoire of both solo and ensemble pieces as you develop the appropriate technical and performance skills required to be a singer. Throughout your learning and development you will be taught how to reflect on your progress and practice which will support your development. The skills you develop in this unit will enable you to understand the key vocal techniques used in singing, and prepare you for performing in a wide range of contexts. This will be relevant for auditioning for further study on higher education performing arts courses or at a vocational performing arts school.




Unit 2: Developing Skills and Techniques for Live Performance


The work of the professional performer requires time and dedication to training, developing and improving the tools of the trade. For actors, dancers and singers, the ‘tools’ are the body, the voice and the creative and intellectual skills needed to interpret the performance material to communicate with and entertain an audience. Employment opportunities in performing arts often require the performer to demonstrate skills in more than one style, for example the ability to perform in classical texts or repertoire as well as contemporary works. Training, development and practice of skills are lifelong commitments, enabling the performer to respond to the demands of rehearsals and performances with commitment, imagination and accuracy. This unit serves as an induction into the performing arts where you will develop the appropriate skills and techniques in one or more of the performance disciplines of acting, dance, musical theatre, physical theatre and variety/popular entertainment. You will participate in regular workshops, classes and exercises where you will acquire, practise and develop the necessary technical, practical and interpretative performance skills to help you succeed when performing live to an audience. You will consider the nature, skills and attributes of the performer’s role in your chosen discipline. You will work with existing performance works, producing a live performance, analysing and interpreting the material in order to understand and apply the relevant skills and techniques appropriate to the style. In practical classes you will demonstrate the discipline, focus and commitment the role of the performer requires. Ongoing review and evaluation will allow you to monitor your progress and set targets for the development of your performance skills. The skills you gain in this unit will prepare you for progression to further study, training or higher education by equipping you with practical and technical skills key to your development as a performer. The training and experience provided by this unit will also help prepare you for employment in the performing arts industry as the development of performance skills and techniques is fundamental to all live performance roles.




Unit 1: Investigating Practitioners' Work


Understanding the contextual factors that have influenced and informed the work of performing arts practitioners has an important role in developing your own professional practice and understanding of features, such as response to a theme, performance styles, genre and purpose. A personal evaluation of the work is important; judgements need to be based on effective research and secure critical analysis. In this unit, you will develop skills that allow you to investigate the work of influential performing arts practitioners. You will identify the contextual factors that influence their work and critically analyse key information, such as creative intentions, performance, production and repertoire in order to develop and communicate independent judgements. To complete the assessment tasks within this unit, you will need to draw on your learning from across your programme. This unit will give you skills in research, critical analysis and extended writing that will support your progress to higher education. As a performing arts practitioner you will need to have a good understanding of the work of influential practitioners to inform your own work and professional practice




Unit 5: Individual Performance Commission


Practitioners working in the performing arts often create work to order. This process, known as working to a commission, involves creating performance work to suit a specific purpose and target audience. Organisations that commission work include businesses, local authorities and charities and work can range from one-off events to longer projects. This unit will give you an exciting opportunity to experience the work professional practitioners undertake when responding to a commission. In this unit, you will develop an understanding of how and why work is commissioned and the different purposes of work that is created using this process. You will learn how to respond to a commission, using research and practical exploration to create a proposal that explains how your ideas meet the objectives of the brief. Once you have made your initial decisions, you will develop and shape your ideas into an individual performance. You will apply the performance skills developed in your BTEC qualification to create your response. You can work in a single discipline or combine acting, dance and/or musical skills in your performance. The work you create in this unit will also be evaluated in a vocational context. You will need to reflect on the success of the final performance in meeting the commission brief as well as the process undertaken when creating the work. To complete the assessment tasks within this unit, you will need to draw on your learning from across your programme. The skills and techniques you will develop in this unit, together with an understanding of the generation of work for a specific purpose, will provide you with a valuable foundation for progression to higher education and/or careers in the performing arts industry.




Unit 6: Final Live Performance to an Audience


Preparing for a live performance holds challenges and opportunities for a performer, from initial planning stages to the first performance for an audience. Rehearsals allow for creative aims and intentions to be explored and for performers to interpret the work and develop their role in it. The creative development process is demanding and rewarding for a performer and requires a range of skills and techniques to be applied. In this unit, you will gain understanding and experience of rehearsal methods and techniques. Through research and practical exploration, you will develop the necessary skills to interpret performance material and develop a character or role for a live performance. You will demonstrate essential personal management and collaborative skills necessary when working in a performing arts ensemble. The unit culminates in the realisation of your rehearsed work to a live audience, where you will demonstrate practical performance skills to communicate interpretation and meaning. Throughout the rehearsal and performance process you will reflect on your individual contribution, allowing you to set targets and to monitor and support your development. The experience, skills and knowledge you gain in this unit will prepare you for progression to the performing arts industry, further study in higher education or training courses at drama, dance or musical theatre schools. Through completing this unit, you will gain essential skills and understanding applicable to a range of performance job roles and future opportunities.




Unit 19: Acting Styles


Actors need to develop many skills to be able to work, rehearse and perform in a range of acting styles. Exploring the approaches and techniques used by different theatre practitioners and/or theatre companies will help you to develop and adapt your acting and performance skills. This will make you a more versatile actor, opening up possibilities for you to work in a broad range of styles. This unit will introduce you to the basic differences of a range of styles of theatre and the approaches of theatre practitioners. You will take part in workshops that explore acting styles, techniques and practices used by different theatre practitioners in their work. This will enable you to create character, interpret lines and develop your vocal and physical skills while rehearsing and performing a text or devising original work. Throughout your learning and development you will reflect on your progress and practice, which will support your development as an actor. The skills that you develop in this unit will increase your understanding of the craft of acting across a range of theatrical styles. This will be useful when auditioning for theatre, drama or acting courses in higher education or at a vocational drama or performing arts school. The knowledge, understanding and skills you develop will be an advantage if you want to progress to a career in drama or theatre, such as an actor, director or teacher.




Unit 26: Physical Theatre Techniques


Physical theatre is a diverse performance genre that overlaps with dance, circus, street theatre, verbatim theatre and performance art. It is a term used to describe performance where the body is used primarily to convey meaning to an audience. Physical theatre performances can be developed from existing script work or by adapting stories, personal experiences and themes. In this unit, you will develop physical theatre techniques, using the body and voice, by actively participating in workshops and rehearsals and then in a performance to communicate meaning to an audience. By researching and watching different performances, you will develop an understanding of the diversity of this performance genre and the practitioners that have influenced the development of physical theatre. Throughout your learning you will review your development of the skills and techniques used when creating your final performance. The skills that you will develop in this unit open up the possibilities to be an actor or performer working in a broad range of contexts. These skills will be relevant in auditions for further study to higher education drama and performance/physical theatre courses at a vocational performing arts school or university, and can lead to a career as a performer, director, community artist or teacher.




Unit 9: Tap Dance


Tap dance has been shaped by a range of influences throughout the decades. It is most commonly associated with musical theatre, cabaret and variety performance. The complexity of the style lies in its intricate rhythms and time signatures and it requires technical understanding and musicality in order to communicate the style to an audience. In this unit, you will develop skills and techniques in tap dance that will enable you to recall combinations of steps to build on movement memory and experiment with different rhythms. You will refine and develop your tap dance skills through workshops and rehearsals, and explore key influences that have shaped the dance style into its current form. You will reflect on your progress as you develop skills and techniques, setting targets and reviewing your progress. The ability to perform tap dance combinations is an extremely valuable skill in the performing arts industry, especially if you decide to pursue a career in musical theatre. The versatility you will gain from studying this unit will not only complement your dance repertoire, it will also give you confidence when attending auditions and provide a strong foundation to support further study and dance training.




Unit 10: Jazz Dance


Jazz dance is a popular and diverse dance form that is used in a variety of performances. Often associated with cabaret and musical theatre, its influence has broadened out into areas such as flash mobs, music videos and concerts. The skills that you will develop in this unit can make you a dancer who can work in a broad range of jazz contexts. In this unit, you will develop skills and techniques that will enable you to understand the key technical and stylistic features of jazz dance through participating in technique classes, rehearsals and performance work. By learning and watching different styles of jazz dance, you will develop an understanding of the diversity of this dance form and the practitioners who have influenced the development of the style. You will reflect on your progress as you develop skills and techniques, setting targets and reviewing your progress. The skills you develop in this unit will enable you to understand the key stylistic features of jazz dance and prepare you for performing or choreographing a wide range of jazz dance performances. This will help you when auditioning for dance, musical theatre and performing arts higher education courses.




Unit 27: Musical Theatre Techniques


Musical theatre is an exciting and popular type of entertainment. It takes on many forms from large-scale West End and Broadway musicals such as Wicked and Mama Mia, to plays with musical content such as The Threepenny Opera. The musical theatre performer is required to be versatile, combining the skills of acting, singing and dancing in their work. Musical theatre requires actors who can sing and dance; dancers who can act and sing; singers who can act and dance; and performers who may have all three skills in more or less equal measure. The skills you develop in this unit will open up the possibilities of becoming a performer that can work across a wide range of performance contexts. In this unit, you will develop the skills required to be a musical theatre performer by participating in technique classes, rehearsals and final performance. By learning about the key features of musical theatre performance you will develop an understanding of the skills and techniques required to create a successful performance. You will reflect on your progress as you develop skills and techniques in acting, singing and dance, setting targets and reviewing your progress. Musical theatre is a significant area of employment in the performing arts industry with opportunities for chorus and ensemble work as well as solo/leading roles. The skills you develop in this unit will open up possibilities to be a performer that can work in a wide range of performance contexts as well as providing a platform for further study in acting, dance and/or music performance.





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A TYPICAL WEEK AT ASA:

 

EXAMPLE MUSICAL THEATRE TIMETABLE:

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TIMETABLE BREAKDOWN:

CORE BTEC HOURS

(15 hours per week):

* 2 Tap Classes - Technique and Show Tap

* 2 West End Jazz Classes - Technique and Heels/Show Jazz

* 1 Singing Technique Class

* 1 Group Ensemble Singing

* 3 Acting Classes - Technique, Voice Development & Script Analysis

* 3 Musical Theatre Classes

* Tutorial & Wellbeing Session

* The timetable will also include rehearsal time to plan, develop, choreograph, prepare and perform assessment requirements, and complete academic work.

 

ADDITIONAL WEEKLY INDUSTRY TRAINING

(Top-Up Fee Applies - 13 hours):

* Weekly Private Singing Lesson

* West End Masterclasses with Leading Industry Professionals.

* Audition Technique, Mock Auditions and Repertoire Sessions

* 2 Ballet Classes

* 1 Commercial Class

* 1 Contemporary Class

* 1 Singing Repertoire Class

* 2 Body Conditioning Classes for West End Fitness

* 1 Pilates for Dancers Class

* Monologue Preparation

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