NCFE level 3 Performance Skills

The performing arts are a major part of the creative and cultural industries in the UK and contributes £3.5 billion to the UK    economy. The UK's creative industries have been identified as a strategic growth sector by the government. This course enables you to develop knowledge of the processes involved in creating performances, performing skills and techniques and the different types of organisations and employment opportunities in the performing arts sector.


The qualification consists of pathways which provide opportunity to study Acting, Dance and Musical theatre. The course is heavily practically based and you will benefit from a wide variety of theatre trips and extra-curricular performances.


Aims and objectives of this qualifications

These qualifications aim to:

develop learners’ understanding of a variety of approaches to performance

provide learners with a chance to give and receive feedback on aspects of their own and others’ performance skills

develop learners’ understanding of the performance industry. The objectives of these qualifications are to help learners to:

develop their specialist knowledge and skills in a chosen area of performance

pursue further training or employment in the performance industry.


 Equivalent to 1 A level

Total units completed – 7 units in total

How is it assessed? 3 x mandatory units   4 x optional units    All units are internally assessed with a final external moderation at the end of the academic year.

Achieving this qualification:

To be awarded the NCFE Level 3 Diploma in Performance Skills, learners are required to successfully complete all units from Group A and a minimum of 4 units from Group B.


Group A:

Unit 01: Rehearse and Perform: Learners will select material for a performance, plan the rehearsal process, and perform to an audience.

Unit 02: Prepare for an audition: Learners will understand what is required to prepare for an audition, and have an opportunity to perform in an audition situation.

Unit 03: The healthy and safe performer: This unit develops learners’ understanding of how to work safely in the performance space, as well as maintain their own physical and emotional well-being.


Group B:

Unit 04: Employment opportunities for performers: Learners will understand how to pursue a career in the performance industry, as well as the importance of continuous professional development.

Unit 05: Develop teaching skills in performance: This unit provides an opportunity for learners to become teachers, as they plan and deliver inclusive lessons in their own specialist subject.

Unit 06: Develop solo performance: Learners will create a plan to develop their solo performance skills and evaluate their own progress.

Unit 07: Develop ensemble performance skills: This unit enables learners to evaluate and develop their ensemble performance skills.

Unit 08: Performance in chosen specialism: Learners will be able to plan, rehearse and evaluate a performance in their chosen specialism.

Unit 09: Performing in musical theatre: This unit develops learners’ understanding of the content and context of musical theatre. Learners will prepare, rehearse and perform their own interpretation of a musical theatre role.

Unit 10: Plan and promote a performance: Learners will gain an insight into the practicalities of planning and promoting a performance. They will prepare a budget, define a target audience and produce their own promotional campaign.

Unit 11: Specialist research project: Learners will select an appropriate specialist area for research, then use that research to inform a presentation and performance.



Entry Requirements

5 x 4 - 9 GCSEs. GCSE drama or dance is desirable but it is not essential if you have an ability to perform and have experience of extra-curricular performance activities