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OCR Performing Arts A Level , specialising in either Music, Dance or Drama at Longdean School

Course description

This course will enable you to develop your skills (in either Music, Dance or Drama) and specialise in performance or production.  In the unit that covers the Performing Arts Industry, you will be taught as a full group (depending upon numbers) and this group will then split to focus on the skills and performance area of their specialism.  Students then showcase their work in a combined production.  This is an applied course, which means visits and working closely with the performing arts industry and professionals within it are an integral part of the course.

Entry requirements

GCSE Grade C in English Language and 'Grade C or a 'Merit' in either Drama, Dance or Music.  You can, however, take the course if you have not studied one of the Performing Arts at GCSE but have an interest, either performing or technical, in Drama, Music or Dance and have shown prior ability - either through participation in productions and events in an extra curricular way or have graded exams.


Unit 1  - Investigating performing arts organisations  (33%)

  1. Types of arts organisations and the range of products produced
  2. Job roles with Performing arts organisations
  3. Investigating a role within an organisation 

unit 2 - Professional Practise:  Skills development   (33%)

  1. Production of a plan for skills development
  2. Identificaiton and rehearsal of appropriate technical operations or pieces from existing repertoire
  3. Participation in the presentation of a performance to an audience

Unit 3 - Professional Practice:  Performance  (33%)

  1. selection and preparation of appropriate material for an audience
  2. development and application of skills for performance
  3. preparation for performance
  4. performance in a production
  5. Safe working practices


Unit 3 - Professional Practise: Production (33%)

  1. The work of the chosen production role
  2. Creation of a design for performance
  3. Realisation of a design for a product [for costume, mask, prop, puppet or set]
  4. Contribution in a production role during performance [for lighting, make-up, sound or stage management]
  5. Presentation of work in a group meeting
  6. Safe working practices

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 21 January 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September