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Performing Arts A Level at Alderman White School and Language College

Course description

This course is designed to develop your existing skills in the Performing Arts as well as to give you new ones. We would prefer you to have a C in a Performing Arts subject (eg Dance, Drama, Music) but are more than willing to consider any student who has an interest in this subject. There will be an audition for all of those wanting to take Performing Arts.

Course content

The AS course is divided into three Units;
Unit 1: Skills Development – 33% As an individual you will assess your abilities along a range of different performance skills and then work with your teachers to improve these skills throughout the first two terms. You will create a portfolio of evidence to demonstrate your progress. You will take part in a number of shows as part of this unit.

Unit 2: Planning for a Creative Event – 33% You will work as a group to plan and put on an event for a specific audience. You will learn about business methods such as costings and meetings, as well as about how to put on a show successfully. You will create a portfolio of evidence to demonstrate your progress.

Unit 3: Performing to a Commission – 33% You will work as a group to devise and perform a piece lasting around 30 minutes to a visiting examiner.

At A2 there are a further three Units;

Unit 4: Employment Opportunities in the Performing Arts– 33% You will study the whole Performing Arts industry across Performance, Administration and Technical sides before choosing a job for which you will which you demonstrate your skills by creating a portfolio of evidence.

Unit 5 or 6: Advanced Performance or Production Practice– 33% Choosing an existing piece of Performing Arts repertoire work you will follow a professional rehearsal schedule and produce your own version of the piece

Unit 7: Production Delivery – 33% You will work as a group to devise and perform a piece lasting around 30 minutes to a visiting examiner.


Units 1 and 2 are internally assessed by your teacher in the form of a Portfolio. Unit 3 is assessed by an external moderator who also moderates the previous units. There is no terminal written exam component of the qualification. The A2 course is assessed in a  similar way.

Future opportunities

Studying Performing Arts gives you numerous transferable skills and opens doors to a wide range of courses and careers. Above all, studying Performing Arts gives people a love for Performance that can last a lifetime.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Alderman White School and Language College directly.

Last updated date: 08 July 2015

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      We believe that the success of the College rests upon three things: the progress our students make in terms of each individual reaching their potential, how many students complete their courses, and also our success in ensuring all students achieve their favoured destination whether this is higher education, training schemes or embarking on their future career. We are proud of our most recent successes, including students who have gone on to study subjects such as Medicine, Law and Teaching at a variety of The Russell Group of Universities.

      As part of the successful 2011 OFSTED inspection, the following comments were made in the report :-

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