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BTEC Extended Diploma in Musical Theatre

Exam Board: EDEXCEL  Course Code: ED3MTAP

Aim:  We aim to broaden and develop skills and knowledge in Musical Theatre in a professional and highly disciplined theatre school environment.The Extended Diploma encompasses all aspects of performing arts with a particular focus on Musical Theatre –giving every student an excellent grounding in singing, dancing and acting alongside developing individuality and performance skills.  

The course is a Level 3 qualification that also attracts extra UCAS points through LAMDA examinations.  We provide a supportive environment that fosters not only artistic development but also intellectual and personal development within all students. 

The training is based around practical sessions in dance, drama and singing alongside performance space where the three skills are brought together. Students will also study the historical, stylistic and professional aspects of the industry.

Core Units:

  • Performance Workshop​
  • Performing Arts Business
  • The historical context of performance
  • Rehearsing for performance
  • Performing to an audience
  • Musical Theatre Performance

Specialist Units include:

  • Singing skills for Actors and Dancers
  • The Healthy Performer
  • Movement in Performance
  • Choreographing Dance
  • Working freelance in the Performing Arts
  • Singing Techniques and Performance
  • Auditions for Actors
  • Developing Voice for Actors
  • Jazz Dance

ADDITIONAL UNITS:

  • GCSE English and Maths: It is now compulsory to retake GCSE English and Maths if students did not achieve a grade C or above. Private tutors are provided to ensure students achieve this during their two years at the school.  These lessons will take place on one of the programmed days off each week and attendance is compulsory.
  • All students also undertake solo LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art) examinations.

Progression/Career Opportunities:  Undertaking a Level 3 qualification with a working theatre school will give you experience to enable you to progress onto higher education, theatre school or the workplace.  Students can either apply to Theatre School, apply for the in-house HNC/HND or apply through UCAS for a university of choice.

Sample Year 1

Term 1: Dance, Drama and singing classes will strengthen understanding of technique and develop awareness of the level of work required throughout the course.  LAMDA syllabus is introduced and grades chosen for examinations the spring term.  

Term 2: During term 2, students begin work towards their first full musical.  During this time the timetable will continue to be made up of lessons in each discipline that build technique, followed by rehearsal time to develop the show.  The course will also spend some time on careers advice including trips to universities and performing arts schools, and developing show-reels and online profiles to gain work in the industry.

Term 3: Term 3 will include LAMDA examinations for all students.  The musical that has been worked on will be performed to a paying audience at a local theatre.  Towards the end of the term some time is allocated to the development of log books, video and other evidence required by the assessors for the course as well as audition skills.

Sample Year 2

Term 1:  During this term technique that has been learnt in the first year of the course is embedded through work using professional west end scripts and music.  Musical Theatre repertoire will be built up to give students audition material. Some time will be spent in the early part of the term on applications for Universities, performing arts schools and looking at work after the course. Students will also work on a TIE (Theatre in Education) piece that will tour local schools and be based on an area of the groups choice.

Term 2:  Much of term 2 will be based around the FMP (Final Major Project).  This will include researching the history of the musical, looking in depth at character analysis as well as rehearsing and performing the show.  A written project will be required for this term that evidences the work taking place.

Term 3:  Performance of the FMP (Final Major Project.  Collation of all evidence and project work. Final LAMDA examinations.