Pearson, the world’s leading learning company, has announced Lisa Scott-Lee, co-founder of Dubai Performing Arts Academy (DPA) and a member of the phenomenally successful British pop group Steps, as an Ambassador for BTEC, specialising in Performing Arts.
Lisa will be actively working with the Pearson Middle East team to celebrate the work of DPA students who study BTEC in Performing Arts, and to help raise the profile of Performing Arts in the region.
Multiple studies have demonstrated a direct correlation between the act of performing and academic achievement. Performing can help students and youth recognise their potential for success and improve their confidence. According to UNESCO, the Performing Arts industry plays an important role from many perspectives, including its contributions to the economy, society, employment, and tourism. Recently, the UAE has also set to finalise the 10-year plan to boost cultural revenues by maximising the participation of creators, writers and artists and raising the role of the country’s cultural and creative sectors in its development process.
The BTEC Level 3 in Performing Arts is an internationally recognised qualification and is the equivalent of A-levels. This multi-disciplinary course explores all elements of the Theatrical Arts, designed to prepare students for further study and careers in the Performing Arts Industry. Students take part in practical sessions with Industry Professionals, exploring different genres of Acting, Singing and Dance. In addition, candidates can choose to focus their study on an area of personal interest, including Musical Theatre, Dance and Acting.
The collaboration will celebrate the work of students who study BTEC in Performing Arts and give Performing Arts the recognition it deserves in the region
Ambassador for BTEC in Performing Arts and an advocate for performing arts classes for students of all ages, Lisa Scott-Lee, commented: “I am delighted to become a BTEC Ambassador and am very passionate about raising awareness of the Performing Arts, along with the benefits students can attain when studying and training in this wonderful field. I am also excited about bringing Performing Arts further to the forefront of the school curriculum, promoting leadership skills, teamwork and confidence, as well as boosting this professional industry that I am proud to have been part of for the past 25 years and continue to love.”
The BTEC Level 3 in Performing Arts is an internationally recognised qualification and is the equivalent of A-levels
Kathryn Booth, Director of School Qualifications, Pearson Middle East, commented: “Lisa Scott-Lee is the perfect Ambassador to advocate for the role of performing arts and help students achieve their dream of a career in the performance industry. Inspiring and training children at the grassroots is the raison d’être of Dubai Performing Arts Academy. With the performing arts industry growing dramatically and expected to reach $244.6 billion in 2025, youngsters are placing an increasing premium on creating artistic and cultural works. With a BTEC in Performing Arts, they will gain valuable hands-on experience which can take them straight into a career in the industry.”
Like all BTEC qualifications, a BTEC in Performing Arts teaches transferable employability skills that will stand students in good stead for their futures. Important skills such as teamwork, collaboration, adaptability, and presentation skills are sought out by employers for many reasons and are required for almost every industry.
The BTEC in Performing Arts is a two-year programme of up to 720 guided learning hours split across multiple units
The BTEC in Performing Arts is a two-year programme of up to 720 guided learning hours split across multiple units. The structure of the qualification is in keeping with current industry practice, university teaching and assessment methodology. The completion of an extensive portfolio showcases students’ skills and allows for large-scale projects whilst providing a holistic learning experience. The assessments enable students to demonstrate valuable skills such as analysis, planning, organisation, and critical thinking in the context of developing practical outcomes, embodying the three fundamental strands of the performing arts – dancing, singing and drama.