Available courses

Objective of the qualifications

The Pearson BTEC Entry Level (Entry 3) and Pearson BTEC Level 1 in Performing Arts have been developed to give learners the opportunity to:

  • engage in learning which is relevant to them and will provide opportunities to develop a range of skills and techniques, personal skills and attributes essential for successful performance in working life
  • achieve a nationally recognised Entry or Level 1 vocationally related qualification
  • progress to employment in a particular vocational sector
  • progress to related general and/or vocational qualifications

Progression opportunities through Pearson qualifications

BTEC Entry 3 and Level 1 qualifications are designed to enhance learners’ work and life skills in a range of vocational contexts. They are appropriate for a diverse range of learners including:

  • 14-19 year-old learners
  • adults returning to study
  • those seeking to develop greater independence
  • those who have not yet achieved accredited qualifications
  • those with specific learning needs.

The intended destinations for learners successfully achieving these qualifications include:

  • GCSEs and/or A Levels
  • Diplomas
  • apprenticeships
  • supported employment
  • independent living.

BTEC Entry 3 and Level 1 qualifications provide some of the underpinning knowledge and understanding for the National Occupational Standards for the sector, where these are appropriate. They are supported by the relevant Standards Setting Body (SSB) or Sector Skills Council (SSC). They attract achievement and attainment points that equate to similar-sized general qualifications and are listed in the Foundation Learning Tier catalogue.

Pearson BTEC Entry Level Award (Entry 3) (6 credits)

The 6-credit Pearson BTEC Entry Level Award (Entry 3) (QCF) offers a ‘taster’ qualification that focuses on the personal qualities and work skills that are required for a particular vocational sector.

Qualification structures

The learner will need to meet the requirements outlined in the table below before Pearson can award the qualification.

Minimum number of credits that must be achieved at Entry 3: 6

Unit Details


Unique Reference Number Optional unitsLevel Credit

Guided Learning Hours


D/502/3823 Introduction to the Performing Arts Entry 3




A/502/3828 Taking Part in a Performance Entry 3




F/502/3829 Starting to Develop Performance Skills Entry 3




The table below gives a summary of the assessment methods used in the qualifications.

Units Assessment method
All units Centre-devised assessment

Centre-devised assessment (internal assessment)

Each unit has specified learning outcomes and assessment criteria. To pass an internally assessed unit, learners must meet all the assessment criteria. Centres may find it helpful if learners index and reference their evidence to the relevant learning outcomes and assessment criteria.

Centres need to write assignment briefs for the learners to show what evidence is required. Assignment briefs should indicate clearly, which assessment criteria are being targeted.

Assignment briefs and evidence produced by learners must also meet any additional requirements in the Information for tutors section of the unit.

Unless otherwise indicated in Information for tutors, the centre can decide the form of assessment evidence (eg performance observation, presentations, projects, tests, extended writing) as long as the methods chosen allow learners to produce valid, sufficient and reliable evidence of meeting the assessment criteria.

Centres are encouraged to provide learners with realistic scenarios and maximise the use of practical activities in delivery and assessment.

To avoid over assessment centres are encouraged to link delivery and assessment across units.

This course page allows you to complete all work for your BTEC Entry 3 qualification electronically. There are a variety of tasks to complete and areas to write your log. Work through the exercises and activities in sucession until all the work is complete.