BTEC International Level 2 Award in Performing Arts

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BTEC International Level 2 in Performing arts offers learners aged 14 – 19 the knowledge, understanding and skills that they need to prepare for a career or continue in further education.

The demand for workforce skills is increasing, and the need for global certification in technical and vocational areas is growing. BTEC qualifications are uniquely placed to respond to these skills gaps by providing practical skills assessment and up-to-date career-focused education in traditional and emerging sectors.

BTEC enables a learner-centred approach to education, with a flexible, unit-based structure and knowledge applied to project-based assessments. BTEC focus' on the holistic development of the practical, interpersonal and thinking skills required to be successful in employment and higher education.

Our BTEC International Level 2 in Performing arts addresses learning through internationally relevant content that aligns with the employer and further education needs. The student assessments and projects are chosen to help learners progress; this means that some assessments and projects are set by the SPAA tutors to meet local needs, while others are set by Pearson, ensuring a core of skills and understanding common to all learners. The courses offer the opportunity to explore performing arts industry-related disciplines, such as acting, dance, musical theatre, or production roles, through practical workshops and activities. These workshops and activities will allow you to experiment with different techniques for producing a performing arts event, either as a performer or as part of the production team. You will learn about the creative process and appreciate the value of learning from mistakes to progress and improve. You will be introduced to the professional disciplines, techniques, and attitudes needed to succeed in the industry.

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The Pearson BTEC International Level 2 qualifications in Performing Arts covers content from across a variety of areas of performing arts, namely focussed around putting on a production. Learners can take units to develop knowledge and skills in more specific areas, such as devising new material, multimedia performance and exploring the context in which a work was created. In addition to the sector-specific content available in these qualifications, the requirements mean that learners develop the transferable skills needed to progress to further education or employment


Key Course Information

Start Date
A carousel of student intake is applicable throughout the year.


Contact Hours
1 x workshop class per week Sundays


Programme Length
This covers 120 GLH Guided learning hours


What will I study?.
Your classes will take place in our on-site theatre and dance studios, surrounded by a community of creative and supportive staff and students. The presence of full-time degree students also raises the level of recorded work seen by students during their time at the Academy. Additionally, this gives our younger performance students a glimpse of higher education in the performing arts.

We believe it is essential to support young performers so that they can pursue a successful and ongoing future in the performing arts. You will develop your confidence and public speaking skills, as well as work on improving overall study techniques with literacy, numeracy, technical dance and drama embedded into the curriculum. You will receive group and individual tutorial support to keep you on track.


Qualification and Unit Content
The mandatory content ensures that all learners are following a coherent programme of study and that they acquire knowledge, understanding and skills that will be worthwhile and fulfilling and will also provide a basis for further study at Level 3. Learners are expected to show achievement across mandatory units.

BTEC qualifications encompass applied learning that brings together knowledge and understanding with practical and technical skills. This applied learning is achieved through learners performing vocational tasks that encourage the development of appropriate vocational behaviours and transferable skills. Transferable skills include communication, teamwork and research and analysis, which are valued by employers.

The awarding approach provides rigour and balance and promotes the ability to apply learning immediately in new contexts. The units include guidance on approaches to breadth and depth of coverage, which can be modified to ensure that content is current and reflects international variations.


How will I study?
The BTEC course is offered on Sundays. Teaching and learning take place in small class sizes so that focused attention can be delivered to students’ individual needs.
Teaching and assessment is through practical activities, encouraging students to reach their fullest potential intellectually and physically."


Programme Accreditations
Sharjah Performing Arts Academy (SPAA), located in the Emirate of Sharjah, has been an approved Pearson Center (94331) since July 2020 by Pearson UK and has been granted approval to deliver the Pearson qualifications of the BTEC International Level 2 Award in Performing Arts.

Entry Requirements

If you are aged between 14 – 19 you are eligible for this course.

There is no assessment or audition process to apply for SPAA’s BTEC International Level 2 Award in Performing Arts.
If the course is full and there are no places available, we will create a waiting list and review our applications and available spaces on a regular basis.

Admission is at the discretion of Sharjah Performing Arts Academy (SPAA).


BTEC International Level 2 Award in Performing Arts is:

  • Equivalent in size to one International GCSE.
  • Two units, of which one is mandatory and assessed by a Pearson Set Assignment. Mandatory content (100%).
  • The Award is designed to support learners who want an introduction to the performing arts sector through applied learning and for whom an element of performing arts would be complementary. It is designed to be taught alongside other vocational or academic qualifications. The qualification supports progression to further study at Level 3/pre-tertiary education as part of a programme of study that includes BTEC International Level 3 qualifications and/or International A levels.
How to Apply?

To register your interest, please email your full name and contact details to

If you have any further questions or would like more information, one of our expert tutors is ready and waiting to help -
Telephone: +971 6 502 9999

Programme Fees

Programme Fees
* There is a non-refundable registration fee of AED 125 to apply for the BTEC course.

After your application has been received, AED 600 deposit will be requested via email. This will be deducted from the first term fee. This fee will be non-refundable but can be held for 1 year.

Total – AED 6,500

  • Deposit – AED 600
  • Term 1 – AED 2,950
  • Term 2 – AED 2,950

Applicants will receive an offer letter with terms of acceptance by email and all necessary paperwork. 
A payment plan can be adopted if needed, please contact for more information regarding this.

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