At Paston we have a long history of teaching BTECs in Performing Arts. The Level 3 National Diploma is a two- year course equivalent to two A levels and its purpose is to allow you to develop the specialist knowledge, understanding and skills required by the performing arts industry and to provide a career progression to higher education and professional programmes. 

The course uses a professional training approach and consists of 6 lessons per week in which you will explore a range of performance skills, such as the key principles of acting, dance techniques, different styles of theatre and devising. Four units will be delivered each year, culminating in the Performing to an Audience unit, which provides you with the opportunity to apply all your learning over the two years in a final, full-scale showcase production.


Below is an extract from Far East, Paston College’s very own student theatre company performance of ‘Boy Preference’ (March 2015). This production employed many of the techniques and styles of performance that students on this BTEC course will explore; drama, dance, music and interaction with sound and lighting effects: