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Peforming Arts AS A2 at Magdalen College School

Course description

AIMS OF THE COURSE: This course is designed to allow students to develop their broad skills, knowledge and understanding based on the practical needs and concerns of the Performing Arts Industry through a work related context. It will include developing student's skills in the following areas; dance, drama, music, music technology, musical theatre, administration, marketing and all technical aspects of backstage work e.g. lighting, stage management etc.

The development of skills will be achieved throughout three units of work that; explore students performance skills, allow students to plan for a performing arts event and the creation of a performance to a commission set by the board.

The course aims to develop the following skills:- The student's own skills, with an opportunity to specialise in either performance or production support.

* An understanding of all aspects of Performing Arts from a work related context.

* An insight into the nature of the Performing Arts Industry.

* Knowledge of the working methods used by professionals; as an individual in a team, with clients, commissioners and audiences.

Course content

The course is divided into 3 units of work:-

Unit 1 - Exploring Skills Internally Assessed

For Portfolio Evidence

Performance 33% of Final AS mark

Unit 2 - Planning for Internally Assessed

An Event Report

33% of

Final AS


Unit 3 - Performing to Externally Assessed

A Commission 33% of Final AS mark

The GCE AS in Performing Arts allows students to continue on to the full Advanced GCE and qualifies for UCAS points so if candidates complete it successfully they can move on to study for a degree of BTEC Higher National Diploma in Performing Arts. It can also take students on to relevant employment.

Entry requirements

The entry requirements are a C in English and a keen interest in performing

Future opportunities

Career Opportunities

The obvious careers would include anything in the performance industry, both behind the scenes and performing, either in the theatre or in film making or television: acting, dancing, singing, producing, directing, lighting/sound technicians, costume design. Also careers in which good public speaking and communication skills are necessary, for example advertising, work in the media or, in fact, any career where you are dealing with the public on any level.

For further information please contact Mrs S Easterbrook.

Further information

Suitable combinations

Communication Studies, Theatre Studies, English, Psychology & Sociology

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 16 November 2015
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