Important Information for applicants
We are delighted that you have made an application to join Blackpool Sixth. We are writing to you with some important and exciting news about one of the courses you have indicated that you would like to study with us, BTEC Level 3 Performing Arts (Double).
Pearson, the awarding body for BTEC, has revised its portfolio of courses and has launched a new offer which provides a great opportunity to revise and improve our offer to you. These packages provide excellent learning opportunities, which are even better at preparing students for their futures in the performing arts and many other career areas. We are very excited to be able to run them next year.
We have a number of options for you, as an alternative to your original choice. Whichever you decide to take you will benefit from our outstanding teaching, fantastic performance facilities, and extensive opportunities to perform in our extremely popular showcases and productions. These choices are:
BTEC Level 3 Performing Arts (Triple): the ideal option if you wish to specialise as an all-rounder in performing arts. It includes specialist modules in exploring performance styles, creating performance material, performing to an audience and planning a career in the industry. This is a great choice if you had originally opted for double performing arts with another A level such as drama and theatre studies, or you are hoping to progress into the field of performance and want to develop your acting, movement and vocal work as a versatile performer, the focus for this course will be acting as the first discipline.
BTEC Level 3 Performing Arts: Musical Theatre (Triple): similar to the option above but allows you to specialise in musical theatre. You would develop your singing techniques and performance skills as well as refine your movement and acting skills. The focus of this course will be singing as the first discipline.
BTEC Level 3 Performing Arts: Dance (Triple): also similar to the options above but allows you to specialise in dance. You would develop your dance skills alongside acting and vocal skills. A great choice if you had originally opted for double performing arts with A Level Dance or you are hoping to progress into the field of performing arts/dance. The focus of this course will be dance as your first discipline.
We recognise that you may wish to combine your studies in performing arts with a subject in another field. You can do this by opting for A Level Drama and Theatre Studies or BTEC Dance single or BTEC in Musical Theatre single and then choosing two other options. You can not take two BTEC singles under the same curriculum offer, i.e. both single Dance and single Musical Theatre due to the overlap in core modules.
A level Drama and Theatre Studies. This single course option will allow you to explore all aspects of drama practical and theory, you will study and perform texts, create original devised work and learn from professional live theatre. As an A level option, this course involves a substantial examination element (40%) and requires strong writing skills (5 in GCSE English preferred).
BTEC Level 3 Musical Theatre (Single). This option allows you to specialise in musical theatre focusing on developing singing skills, alongside acting and movement skills. You will study a variety of techniques and styles within this genre.
There is also an option to study BTEC Level 3 Dance (Single) (replacing A Level Dance) which will develop your technique and performance skills in a variety of genres such as jazz, contemporary, commercial and pop plus developing your choreography and analytical skills.
We feel that these choices represent brilliant alternatives to the BTEC Performing Arts (Double) course. We do realise, however, that choosing one of the alternatives will have an effect on your overall study programme. For example, if you wish to move to one of the triple courses then that will be a full programme and you will not be studying any additional Level 3 courses (single A level or vocational). Alternatively, if you opt for one of the single course options, then you will need to study it alongside two other single options or a double course from our vocational range.
We want to provide the very best possible support to you in making your choice. If you feel you already have the information to make an alternative choice, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will make the changes for you on the applications database. Please include in your message: your full name, date of birth, current high school and the option you wish to take. If you are opting for one of the single course options, please let us know what you would now like to study alongside it to complete your study programme i.e. two further single course options or a double course option from our vocational programme.
If you feel that you need a discussion with us to help you reach the best choice, please let us know via the email@example.com email. Once again, please include your full name, date of birth and current high school in the message. This discussion can either be a phone call at a convenient time or a meeting with staff from the performing arts team and the admissions team. Please let us know which option you would prefer.
Please reply to us by email by Monday 16th March with your preferred option or request for a phone call or meeting.
More information about the changed course options will be available at the March taster events and on the New Student Day on Wednesday 1st July. We would strongly recommend that you do attend the New Student Day as this will provide an opportunity to discover more about your course options before you make the final choice at enrolment in August. You will receive booking details for that event in May.
We are looking forward to hearing from you very soon.
Lucinda Campbell (Head of Performing Arts, Music and Media)
Jon McLeod (Head of Admissions, Liaison and Marketing)