Performing Arts

The course is exciting and diverse, focusing on the skills of the individual. Students will find a healthy balance with practical and theoretical learning, devising and experimenting in numerous performances throughout the course. Learners must be able to work as part of a team and individually and the course builds these skills through themed work, offering them a chance to let go and enjoy learning creatively, empowered and inspired. The course will provide learners with the skills, knowledge and understanding to progress onto a higher education performing arts programme or specialist performance degree.

Entry Requirements

We recommend a Grade C or above in an Arts subject alongside a Grade C or above in English.

How the course is taught

The course is taught through practical and creative learning. Students are required to be independent and imaginative as they are often in control of their own learning.

What areas are covered by the course?

Learners will study five units consisting of four mandatory units and one optional unit:


  • Prepare to work in the performing arts sector
  • Proposal for a commissioning brief
  • Influential performance practice
  • Combined Arts
  • Improvisation

How is the course assessed?

Units are assessed through Internal and External Moderation on both performance and portfolio work.

Career Opportunities

Careers in acting and teaching alongside any career that involves working with people will benefit from this subject. The course builds social and life skills resulting in improved confidence and thinking skills. Students will have the opportunity to work with local businesses and the community, and will have several opportunities to showcase their talent in performance. The Performing Arts are a preferred skill on university and job applications as the subject not only shapes creative thinkers, but people who have a drive to succeed.