BTEC in Performing Arts

BTEC in Performing Arts

The course offers students with the passion, tenacity and ambition to complete their first step to train to be a leading, high quality professional performer, teacher or creative. For those who want to pursue a career in what is one of the fastest growing global industries.

This full-time course is designed as a stepping stone for 16 to 18 year old students to study at a specialist three year vocational training course, conservatoire or university degree programme. Delivered by leading industry professionals, the course content commands a high level of talent in either singing, acting or dance. The course itself will give the student the opportunity to bring all three skill areas up to a competitive standard no matter what level the weaker areas are. We aim to nurture an all rounded performer who is prepared for auditions or application to their next stage of training or education.

The course has been designed by leading providers who have the experience in preparing students for the entertainment industry. All practical delivery takes place at Kent College Dubai and is overseen by Urdang Academy to ensure that students in Dubai receive a similar standard of world class delivery as the flagship colleges in London.

Where does it take place?

The BTEC will take place at Kent College Dubai and will be taught by Urdang and Kent College Performing Arts staff. 

Kent College Dubai was established with the objective of providing the same high-quality education to families in Dubai as that offered by the founding school of Kent College Canterbury, while reflecting the local context and expectations of the UAE in a friendly community setting. Both schools promote tolerance and respect for others and aim to provide each pupil with an individual educational pathway that will fully prepare them for adult life. We offer large state-of-the-art facilities, small class sizes, a wide range of extra-curricular activities to complement our in-class learning.



The Performing Arts Department at Kent College has high end facilities that include two Drama studios, a Dance Studio, a recording studio, a Mac Suite, several music practice rooms and a state of the art auditorium that seats 500 people.

The course is staffed by extremely experienced teachers from both Kent College Dubai and Urdang Academy, London, who have worked in the industry and have experience and knowledge of getting students into Performing Arts Conservatoires.


Course Content

The majority of time will be spent working on practical skills in studios. Alongside the plethora of these practical skill classes, the course is underpinned by relevant industry knowledge through a solid academic base. The student can achieve the equivalent of three A’ levels through the Extended BTEC Diploma. Alternatively, they can select to complete the smaller BTEC Diploma (equivalent of two A’ levels) and take another A’ level subject alongside the course. The course will give an insight into the different roles and transitional skills that can be gained with training in performing arts. It supports learning on how the industry works globally, how to promote yourself, entrepreneurial visions within arts and guide  future training pathways.  


The course is designed around 5 core modules over a two year period, equivalent to 3 A’ levels. 

  • Performing Arts Skill Development
  • The Global Performing Arts Industry
  • Personal Performing Arts Profile
  • Collaborative Performing Arts project/ performance/ industry roles
  • International Profile

What are the entry requirements?

  • GCSE in Drama, Dance and/or MusicOR equivalent experience 

  • English to be written and spoken at a sufficient level

  • Dance training in one or more disciplines, please review the skills required for the audition process/ audition tips and skills required section below.

How to apply?

Please register your interest or enquire please contact and we will send you an audition pack.

You will find details of the full audition process below.

Enquiries regarding course content will be forwarded to the Urdang team and the Head of Performing Arts at Kent College Dubai.


There will be five, fee reduction scholarships available. These are talent based scholarships and will be selected throughout the audition process (see below). 


Audition process

Apply to to register your interest and you will be sent an audition pack

Please an application form and send back with your audition film. 

You will prepare an online audition via ‘You Tube’ to be submitted to this will be shared with a highly experienced audition panel. The audition film you be sent will comprise of:

  • Physical exercise for you to copy and film
  • A short jazz routine for you to learn and film.

Please include the following in your audition film:

  • Introduce yourself by name
  • Explain your strengths and weaknesses in singing, acting and dance and their preferred skill in less than 100 words
  • A film of you doing the physical exercise provided
  • A film of you doing the short jazz routine provide
  • A film of a song you have chosen and prepared yourself -1.30 minutes-MAX
  • A film of a short monologue of choice -1.30 minutes MAX

The panel will review your initial application and you will receive one of three email responses

  1. A fast track offer of a place and instructions as to how to enrol, Scholarship offers can be made at this point.
  2. An offer to attend the second round of auditions (Recall audition)
  3. A decline letter as you may not be right for this course at this time.

Recall auditions to be held in Dubai or by Zoom – tba

Final offer or decline letters to be sent next day with instructions. Final Scholarship offers will be made.


Appeals can be made to the panel to review a decision as long as you state clear grounds for appeal. This review can be through a new submission or from the original film sent to the panel.

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