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Performing Arts (Dance or Drama) at John Mason School

Course description

This subject is a vocational course which is equivalent to an A Level. This means that the assessment in Yr.12 contributes 50% to the overall marks, the second 50% coming from the units studied in year 13.

Course content

Course Structure

Year 12

This course allows students to follow a single pathway, developing their practical skills and theoretical understanding of their chosen discipline in Dance, 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 which are delivered in year 12

  • Unit 1 Skills development in Performing Arts
  • Unit 2 Professional pract ice in Performing Arts
  • Unit 3 Community Arts project.

Year 13

In year 13 there are possibilities of selecting units which best meet the needs of the group and the individual.

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

The coursework units are delivered practically. Students will be required to maintain a portfolio of evidence and have recordings via digital media .


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 John Mason School directly.

Last updated date: 02 November 2017
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