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Performing Arts (Dance or Drama) OCR Cambridge Technical at Larkmead School

Course description

This is a subject which is similar to a legacy A level. This means that the result in Yr.1 contributes 50% to the overall marks, the second 50% coming from the units studied in year 2. 

Course content

Year 1:

This course allows students to follow a single pathway in Dance or Drama or Production. Alternatively you can combine a mixture of the above depending on the student’s skills and interest, below are the core units but these can interchange with a host of optional units depending on the interest of the students.

  • Unit 1 Skills development in Performing Arts
  • Unit 2 Professional practice in Performing Arts
  • Unit 3 Community Arts project

These are all coursework units, delivered in a practical way, students will need to keep a portfolio of evidence and have recordings via digital media.

Year 2:

  • Unit 5: Business of the Performing Arts
  • Unit 6: Performance workshop
  • Unit 8: Contemporary performance

These are all coursework units, delivered in a practical way, students will need to keep a portfolio of evidence and have recordings via digital media.


How you will learn (investigations, course work etc.):

The whole course is delivered in a practical way, developing your professional skill base in a vocational approach. There will be links and workshops from professionals and industry based sessions.

All units are coursework based and will require research, professional investigation and the outcomes will be linked to performances based on which pathway you choose to follow.


Skills you will need:

  • Interest in the Performing Arts, theatre, theatre design, literature
  • Independent learning and self-organisation
  • Good research & observational skills
  • Problem solving
  • Reviewing and modifying
  • Critical analysis
  • Interest in History, psychology, business and social context


Entry requirements

To study AS/A Levels you will normally need: A minimum of 5 GCSEs at Grade C or above.


All units are internally assessed and externally moderated. Students are assessed through their practical skills development, performance outcomes, portfolio, digital evidence, extended research investigations and presentations. 

Future opportunities

This course is an excellent starting point for university courses including Dance, Drama, Theatre Production, History, Media, Journalism, Politics, English, Business studies; English.

Or for careers in theatre, media, performance, teaching, journalism, politics, drama therapy, film, television, arts administration, business.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Larkmead School directly.

Last updated date: 23 September 2016

Key information


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    • Larkmead School is part of the Abingdon 14-19 consortium. As we are part of a consortium, students have the opportunity to select a range of A-level subjects spread across the three Abingdon secondary schools. Each subject is taught by experienced staff with excellent results.


      In addition to academic study, Larkmead sixth form students engage in a Personal development curriculum as well as sessions based on study skills, culture and careers advice. Every student is offered individual advice and guidance about the next phase of their education whether that be university, apprenticeships or paid employment.


      During study periods, students are expected to study in either the designated sixth form area in the Learning Resource Centre or allocated study rooms. Between lessons, students can relax in the sixth-form common room which boasts a range of facilities.


      There is a well-structured enrolment and induction process for students wishing to join the sixth form, starting with a Consortium 16-19 Information Evening as well as a meeting for prospective students in November, followed by a meeting for prospective parents in March, and an induction day in the summer after the GCSE exams are finished. Once students have received their exam results in August, there are a number of enrolment clinic sessions to help students choose their courses and followed by a brief induction period before lessons commence.