Why Study Performing Arts?

  • A choice of two Level 3 courses is available – The Extended Certificate in Performing Arts (1 block) or the Diploma in Performing Arts (2 blocks).
  • These courses offer 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 courses provide an excellent grounding for anyone who is interested in making performance a career.
  • The majority of the classwork is practical.
  • A wide range of music, dance and drama styles is studied.
  • Students have a great deal of individual choice in the disciplines they choose for assessment. On the Diploma course students choose a ‘pathway’ of Musical Theatre, Dance, Music or Acting.
  • Assessment is through a combination of centre assessed and externally examined units. These are in the form of performances, portfolios, reports and examinations.

Why Study Performing Arts at Worcester Sixth Form College?

  • Opportunities to perform – several units involve performing repertoire or devised work.
  • Workshops with universities and visiting professionals (recent workshops have included Vamos Theatre and Splendid Theatre).
  • Trips and visits (recent trips have included the University of Falmouth and the Eden Project).
  • Participation in the Performing Arts Academy: the opportunity to perform in the College Production and other show cases of student work.
  • Students who study Performing Arts are timetabled so that they share rehearsal times and can participate in the College Production and other performances.
  • Close links with the University of Worcester and University of Gloucester Performing Arts departments

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.

Frederick Owusu-Finkgraf

Frederick Owusu-Finkgraf

Performing Arts - Trinity High School, Redditch
Performing Arts is my favourite subject. This is because I can pretend to be someone else. I also enjoy the business side of the course. My other chosen subjects are Drama, Film Studies and Sociology. This combination has many similarities and allows me to express myself in writing, directing and performing whilst also practising the different types of acting from film to stage. I have enjoyed taking part in the Performing Arts Academy over the last two years, and am planning to study a BA in Acting at university next year.

Course Specifics / Entry Requirements

Qualification NameA Level EquivalenceDurationAwarding BodyEssential QualificiationsOther Desirable Qualifications / CombinationsSkills & Attributes Required for SuccessGuidance on Costs or Commitments
Extended Certificate1 A Levels (1 Block)1 yearOCRGCSE 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.Optional visits/ workshops approx £30. Participation in timetabled rehearsals during and outside of the College day.
Diploma2 A Levels (2 Blocks)2 yearsOCRGCSE 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.Optional visits/ workshops approx £30. Participation in timetabled rehearsals during and outside of the College day.

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