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The Award gives you the opportunity to develop sector-specific knowledge and skills in a practical learning environment. The main focus is on: development of key skills such as responding to stimulus, development of ideas, personal management and communication skills, development of rehearsal and performance. The course is a practical course; you will be assessed on written work and performance skills.

Course Content

Course Content

The course consists of 3 units/ components over the course of one year, Components 1 and 2 are internally assessed by your teacher. Component 3 is an external exam unit.

The components include:

1: Exploring the performing arts: you will develop your understanding of the performing arts by examining practitioners’ work and the processes used to create performance.

2: Developing skills and techniques in the performing arts: you will develop your performing arts skills and techniques through the production of acting, dance and/or musical theatre performance

3: Performing to a brief: you will be given the opportunity to work as part of a group to create a workshop performance in response to a given brief and stimulus.

Entry Requirements

4 GCSEs Grade 3 and above.


A-Levels or Level 3 BTEC Nationals in Performing Arts in preparation for higher education, enter employment or apprenticeships.