Students in the UAE can now opt for BTEC Level 3 qualification in performing arts


Here comes a piece of good news for the students who are keen on theatre and performing arts, as students in the UAE for the first time will be able to get a Business and Technology Education Council (BTEC) Level 3 degree in performing arts for university admission or employment in the performing arts sector.

The international qualification will be offered to the students with the help of a partnership between Dubai Performing Arts Academy (DPA) and Taaleem –a leading UAE school group.

The Business and Technology Education Council’s Level 3 is equivalent to two A-Levels — the UK-based international school-leaving qualifications accepted by leading universities globally. The unique course will be led by Lisa Scott-Lee from Steps fame and Johnny Shentall, the original Westend cast of Footloose.

Students who in their final two years of high school usually opt for the BTEC Level 3 to ace their skills and get into the run of better jobs in the field. With Dubai, Performing Arts Academy has over 500 students in its first-ever group. The academy will see its students begin their second year in September, and applications are now open for its second cohort.

The multidisciplinary course explores all elements of the Theatrical Arts issued the DPA. The courses are designed to prepare learners for further study and careers in the performing arts industry. Learners can partake in practical sessions with industry professionals exploring different genres of acting, singing and dance. They can also choose to focus their study on an area of personal interest, including musical theatre, dance and acting.

“Our 2 year, Pearson BTEC in Performing Arts is a Level 3 qualification and is widely recognised by industry and higher education as the signature vocational course. We embody the three fundamental skills from Performing Arts, dancing, singing and drama, to the curriculum, with a flexible, unit-based structure and knowledge applied in project-based assessments. The learner will gain knowledge on practitioners in a range of Performing Arts disciplines, along with their techniques, practical skills and be able to understand and critically analyse the context,” read BTEC Team’s statement.

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