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Performing Arts (Inc. Music, Drama, or Dance) Cambridge Technical Certificate at Beaminster School

Course description

The Cambridge Technical Certificate in Performing Arts is a Level 3 qualification which then leads into the Introductory Diploma in Performing Arts (equivalent to one A level).  The Certificate Level award involves the completion of three mandatory units each worth 10 credits and is completed in the first year of study.  The Introductory Diploma in Performing Arts involves the completion of one mandatory unit (unit 6) and two further optional units that focus solely on the students’ chosen area of specialism.  This qualification is equivalent to one A level and does attract UCAS points, the same as an academic A level.

Students must choose ONE of the following disciplines in which to specialise:

DANCE:  Students will study different dance genres with a focus on Jazz dance so that technical skills can be effectively developed.  Organisation and management skills are also developed through the staging of an event and the subsequent assessment of the planning procedure.

DRAMA:  This is a vocational and practical course for those with an interest in, and aptitude for, Drama in performance.  It does not preclude those students who did not take Drama GCSE or BTEC but would suit students who have performed in productions either in or out of school.  There will be a requirement for note taking and portfolio preparation.

MUSIC:  Musicians will study a variety of styles of music, including improvisation, world music and a style of their choice.  Practice techniques and musicianship skills are developed to prepare the student for the rigours of work in the music industry.

Course content

Year 1

UNIT 1 Skills Development in the Performing Arts:  This unit gives students the opportunity to recognise the skills they already possess, understand their application and then develop them further.  A portfolio demonstrating the skills developed over the year is internally assessed but externally moderated.

UNIT 2 Professional Practice:  In this unit students learn about the structure of the Performing Arts Industry, types of employment and self-promotion with a view to employment in the Arts.

UNIT 3 Community Arts Project: This unit requires students to plan and execute a community arts project.  They must work to a brief, budget effectively, market the project and manage a live event.  Each student is to take on a key production role to ensure the success of the event.

Year 2

UNIT 6: Contemporary Performance:  This is mainly a practical unit in which students perform material they have chosen themselves to an appropriate audience.  Evidence of rehearsal is presented through video recordings, rehearsal logs and appraisal.  A performance of the work takes place in the Autumn Term.

There are two further units that focus entirely on Dance, Drama or Music depending on each student’s area of specialism.  Each is practical based and evidence is submitted to the exam board through the production portfolios.

Entry requirements

No specific entry requirements other than five GCSE outcomes at A*-C, but students must be able to demonstrate relevant  experience in their specialism.


All units are internally assessed but externally moderated.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 08 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 - 2 Years
  • Course code: 601/0111/8 (Certificate) 601/0249/4 (Diploma)
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