Why Choose Performing Arts Applied Level 3?

This course offers you the chance to develop your skills as a performer in music, dance and drama, to create your own work and perform to large audiences. You will also learn about the performing arts industry and professional practice. The course provides an excellent grounding for anyone who is interested in making performance a career.

Resources and Facilities

  • Well-equipped College Theatre
  • Large dance studio with sprung floor
  • Drama studio with excellent lighting, sound and projection facilities
  • Recording studio and practice rooms
  • Workshops with visiting professionals
  • Close links with the University of Worcester

Teaching and Learning Styles

  • Most of the class work is practical
  • Involves group work and solo work
  • Lots of opportunity to perform
  • Study of a wide range of music, dance and drama

Course Content

The Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate in Performing Arts (equivalent to 1 A Level) is a largely practical course in which 2 of the Units, Unit 8: Performing Repertoire and Unit 4: Combined Arts involve putting on performances. Unit 2 is an externally assessed written Unit in which students learn about planning an event. Unit 1: Prepare to work in the Performing Arts sector and Unit 3: Influential performance practice are also externally assessed through solo performances, and reports.

The Cambridge Technical Diploma in Performing Arts (equivalent to 2 A Levels) allows students to choose their own pathway in Acting, Dance, Music or Musical Theatre. Pathway options include Units based on technique, performance and composition. The Diploma is a fantastic opportunity for students with a clear vision to study their chosen pathway full-time (by choosing the Diploma alongside an A Level in Music, Dance or Drama). Students will also follows some of the same mandatory Units as the Extended Diploma (students will complete Units 1, 2 and 3) plus an additional mandatory Unit in arts administration.

Extra-Curricular Activities

A wide range of trips and workshops for you to take part in The Performing Arts Academy which puts on two public productions a year including a large scale musical and an end-of-year showcase

Assessment

100% coursework in the form of performance, logbooks and reports.

Danielle Jones Stourport High School and 6th Form Performing Arts I chose this subject as I enjoy the topics and wanted my skills to grow in dance, drama and singing. It has helped me to grow my confidence to speak and perform in front of others. I enjoyed this subject as it allowed me to work with others who enjoyed the subject as much as I did. My future plans are to become a Butlins Redcoat/performer and the Performing Arts course has given me the courage and confidence to audition and perform.

Danielle Jones

Performing Arts - Stourport High School and 6th Form
I chose this subject as I enjoy the topics and wanted my skills to grow in dance, drama and singing. It has helped me to grow my confidence to speak and perform in front of others. I enjoyed this subject as it allowed me to work with others who enjoyed the subject as much as I did. My future plans are to become a Butlins Redcoat/performer and the Performing Arts course has given me the courage and confidence to audition and perform.

Progression Opportunities

Many students go on to study Performing Arts at degree level or attend a conservatoire specialising in a specific area of the Performing Arts. Other openings are careers in PR and Personnel as well as in the performing arts industry itself. Performing Arts teaches you many of the skills employers are looking for such as team-working, communication and independence.

Course Specifics / Entry Requirements

Qualification NameA Level EquivalenceDurationAwarding BodyEssential QualificiationsOther Desirable Qualifications / CombinationsSkills & Attributes Required for SuccessGuidance on Costs or Commitments
Certificate1 A Levels (1 Block)GCSE Dance/ Drama/Music/ Expressive Arts at grade 4 or above or equivalent level of experience. Enrol onto Performing Arts AcademyGCSE English at grade 4 or abovePerformance skills in two of the Performing Arts (Dance or Drama or Music). Commitment to rehearsals and good attendance.NA
Diploma2 A Levels (2 Blocks)GCSE Dance/ Drama/Music/ Expressive Arts at grade 4 or above or equivalent level of experience. Enrol onto Performing Arts AcademyGCSE English at grade 4 or abovePerformance skills in two of the Performing Arts (Dance or Drama or Music). Commitment to rehearsals and good attendance.NA

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