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Level: Advanced (Level 3)Awarding Body: OCR

Why study Performing Arts?


The performing arts industry is a creative and exciting one but is also extremely competitive.  This Performing Arts Diploma, (equivalent to 2 ‘A’ levels) has been developed to prepare you not only to perform on stage but also focuses on the skills, knowledge and understanding that today’s universities and employers demand.  You will develop technical and performance skills as well as the theoretical knowledge and understanding to underpin these skills. You will gain an understanding of how different businesses and organisations in the performing arts field work and understand the variety of opportunities that are available to you.  The course will enable you to develop strategies, attitudes and survival skills for sustaining a career in the performing arts industry.

What can it lead to?

Many students will wish to progress onto a course in Higher Education in the performing arts field.

Alternatively, you may progress to an apprenticeship or directly into employment. This course will prepare you thoroughly for the next step in your career path.

How is the course organised?

Board: OCR

This is a two year, full time course which is made up of 4 mandatory units and 3 Pathway mandatory units from the Musical Theatre pathway:

  • Unit 1: Preparing for work in the Performing Arts sector. 
  • Unit 2: Proposal for a commissioning brief
  • Unit 3: Influential Performance Practice
  • Unit 32 Arts Administration
  • Unit 9: Acting Technique
  • Unit 13: Dance Technique
  • Unit 7: Singing Technique

How is the course assessed?

Individual units will be graded as Pass (P), Merit (M) or Distinction (D). At the end of the qualification the points are added up to create an overall grade.

Year 12 assessment

Unit 2               Proposal Report 1,500-2,000 words

Unit 3               Report in response to a statement/Performance piece to camera (5-8 mins)

Other units      internally set assignments

Year 13 assessment

Unit 1               Pitch to camera in response to an advertisement for a job role/Audition piece to camera (Max 5 mins)

Unit 32             tbc       

Other units      internally set assignments


What do I need to qualify for this course?

The General entry requirements are five GCSEs grades 9-4 for an Advanced Vocational programme, including English Language, and a grade 4 or MM and above in Extended Certificate Level 2 in the subject.

You need to demonstrate an interest in Performing Arts and to have an intention to progress into a related career. You will be expected to have performing experience and ideally a GCSE in Drama or Performing Arts. 

 As part of the course is assessed through coursework assignments, you must have excellent attendance and good organisation skills.  You will have to manage your coursework deadlines, because if you miss a deadline you will not be able to achieve a merit or distinction grade for that assignment.

Who are the teachers?

You will be taught by Mrs Nash and will participate in workshops with visiting practitioners

Please contact Mrs Nash (Head of Performing arts)

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What do students say about the course?

"Performing Arts has always been a passion of mine. I’ve had the best opportunities to be on the course and meet new people. The theatre is a place where people come together and walk out with smiles on their faces and we can express ourselves through performing."


"Performing Arts is so welcoming. I love the unity and community feel that it brings. From the teacher to the students, everybody loves being together, making music and performing."

“I found the Performing arts course truly inspiring – it helped me with my creative way of thinking and make it easier to create theatre whilst combining the art forms.”  

The Performing arts department is very exciting as there are always rehearsals or workshops going on.  I appreciated the expertise of my teachers but also learnt allot from the professional performers who came to work with us.  I would recommend that you study Performing arts as not only is it fun but I learnt so much about myself and how to work with others too”  

What else should I know about?

Students on this course will attend various theatre trips and workshops and will be required to pay an additional £50 to fund these trips.  This will be paid on registration.

Students are required to wear appropriate clothing for workshops sessions and to come to lessons ready with folders and notebooks.

There will be plenty of opportunities to take part in extra-curricular activities such as the SCC (St Charles Dance Company) and the Christmas musical production.