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Performing Arts / Theatre Studies Level 3 Certificate at Wadham School

Course description

You will gain an understanding of how different businesses and organisations in the performing arts sector work. When it comes to progression or employment, you will understand the variety of opportunities available to you, and the roles and responsibilities of businesses and organisations within the sector. You will develop strategies, attitudes and skills for sustaining a career in the performing arts industry, as well as an understanding of the expectations of potential employers so that they can maximise your chances of getting work in a very competitive environment.

Course content

The course consists of 5 units covering a range of performing arts disciplines. This allows students to focus on their main discipline whilst also developing new skills. Amongst others the units will include:

  • Prepare to work in the performing arts sector
  • Proposal for a commissioning brief
  • Influential performance practice
  • Combined arts
  • Current issues in performing arts
  • Improvisation

2 units will be covered in the first year and 3 in the second. You will be graded at a Pass, Merit or Distinction.

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at grades A* - C including English and Maths.


Exam Board - OCR

Assessment methods are varied and could be based on performance, rehearsal, written rehearsal log, evaluations of performance and presentations. There are no written exams. At the end of year 1 you will achieve a Level 3 Cambridge Technical Certificate in Performing Arts and at the end of year 2, a Level 3 Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate in Performing Arts.


Future opportunities

You can use this nationally recognised qualification to gain employment in the industry, for example in a Theatre or Arts Centres, as well as becoming sound and lighting technicians.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 05 September 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years