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Performing Arts A Level at Lymm High Voluntary Controlled School

Course description

Performing Arts is the perfect option for the student who enjoys all the different performing arts subjects and wants to explore combining them. It is also a great option for those students who enjoy the more practical side of performing and who really have the ambition to be involved in the creative arts sector as a profession in the future. BTEC, in its nature, is far more vocational than A level and has a ‘real’ feeling about the units of study which is often linked in to relevant areas of the working profession.

Students will complete six units of study. These units can be geared around the skills and interests of those opting for the course. Units can be more drama, dance or music related, depending on who is on the course. There is also a wider variety of options – site specific performance, scriptwriting, stand up comedy for example. Performing Arts doesn’t go into as much depth as separate Dance, Music and Theatre Studies A levels. This course is for the all-rounder, with the vision and skill in all disciplines and the creativity to merge them together coherently

Course content

As said above, the units chosen for study will be down to the nature of the group who opt to take the subject – this is what makes it exciting and also relevant for the individuals on the course. The units below are just some of the options available: • Performing arts business • Marketing for the performing arts • Devising plays • Theatre in education • Contemporary theatre performance • Musical theatre performance • Auditions for performing arts • Film and TV acting • Stand up comic techniques • Dance improvisation • Singing techniques and performance • The healthy performer There are other units available, but the above gives a snapshot into the flavour and feel of the BTEC

Entry requirements

Grade C or above in either GCSE Drama, Dance or Music would be preferable, but this is not essential. Students should have achieved a grade C or above in English. The most important asset is commitment and passion for performance and the ambition to take risks and challenge your own practice.


Students will be assessed on their practical work and their written logbooks. Written coursework usually works alongside the practical work created – students reflecting on the work that they have created and the processes that they have been through. There are no final formal examinations. Students will complete six units of study. They will be marked as a pass, merit or distinction. The BTEC is equivalent to one A level.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Lymm High Voluntary Controlled School directly.

Last updated date: 01 July 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 - 2 Years