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Performing Arts Cambridge Technical Level 3 Extended Certificate (Single) at The Thomas Hardye School

Course description

Performing arts is creative, competitive and complex sector, with an ever-changing array of opportunities. This course puts performing arts in its wider context by offering students strategies for progression in education or freelance careers. It develops a student’s individual identity as a performing arts practitioner, allows them to experiment with different performance styles and explore all art forms. It combines performance, the study of contemporary and historical practitioners and the development of artistic knowledge with ‘real-world’ circumstances. Students respond to scenarios through project-based learning, working together in small companies to devise original work as well as perform from existing repertoire. 

Course content


Students will complete three projects; Combined Arts, Performing Repertoire and Creation of a Variety Performance. They study a large range of practitioners and performance companies including Steven Sondheim, Frantic Assembly and Alvin Ailey; which will inspire them to devise their own work. They will integrate multiple art forms, re-imaging repertoire and develop specialist skills in a series of performances. Students will also work in off-stage roles; creating, marketing and designing all aspects of their productions.


Students will complete three projects; Proposal for a Commissioning Brief, Preparation for Work in the Performing Arts Sector and Influential Performance Practice. They will develop survival skills for sustaining a career in industry and also begin to understand the expectations of employers in a fiercely competitive environment. Students will cultivate research skills as they study the ways important social/cultural events impact art. Study will include the work of Caryl Churchill, Bob Dylan and Matthew Bourne. 


This is a synoptic project based course with no written examination. Students complete five assessed units over the two years, all of which involve them preparing detailed portfolios of evidence alongside practical and performance work. All five units must be completed for the Extended Certificate to be awarded.  

Future opportunities

This course provides students with full preparation for any career in both the on-stage and production pathways. The course addresses the skills required for those with the ambition of entering this competitive and highly flexible industry. It enables students to progress onto a higher education performing arts programme or specialist performance degree. It carries UCAS points for those wishing to continue into other Higher Education courses.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Thomas Hardye School directly.

Last updated date: 06 December 2017
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