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Performing Arts- A Level at Bourne Academy

Course description

This course is based on skills development across the three Performing Arts disciplines (Dance, Music and Drama). It allows you to explore the technical side of theatre and culminates in a devised group piece of theatre for a specific target audience. Students that have experience in theatre groups outside of school tend to suit the course well, as well as a high grade at GCSE in either Drama, Dance or Music. The course is led by two Drama specialists in the main and so Drama Practitioners, Contemporary Dance and Chorus movement as well as Physical Theatre and Naturalistic Theatre are the main drivers. It is felt strongly by both students and staff that this course provides you with the best possible start to a career in the Performing Arts as well as necessary life skills for teamwork and collaboration towards achieving shared goals. A cost is attached to the Performing Arts uniform for performance days only. This is approximately £20.00.

Course content

Students that have successfully completed the Performing Arts (Applied) A-level have made it onto higher education courses across the country. These include reputable London and Birmingham based higher education performance specialist institutions such as Rose Bruford in West London, Birmingham School of Acting as well as Drama education based courses at Lincoln University or Film and Media related courses across the East Midlands. Some students have decided to specialise in Musical Theatre or Technical Theatre as a result of the course and have continued to forge successful links within the industry through doing so. Many students also find that it has boosted their confidence to pursue a career in law or teaching.

Entry requirements

GCSE Grade B or above in Drama, Dance or Music (if studied)

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Bourne Academy directly.

Last updated date: 03 September 2014

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years


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