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Performing Arts A Level at Ferndown Upper School Sixth Form

Course description

This exciting new practical course is ideal for actors, dancers, singers, musicians and anyone interested in Performance management and technical support. Students will be given the opportunity to explore and progress in their chosen specialism while producing a number of live performance events for audiences throughout the year. Assessment comes in the form of internally marked portfolios and externally marked performances – there is no written exam!


Entry requirements

We recommend that you have studied either GCSE Drama or GCSE Music before starting the Performing Arts course.


Developing Skills forPerformance

Content: Here you explore skills in Acting, Dance, Music, Technical Theatre, Arts administration and Marketing. Learn how to accurately assess and monitor personal skills in your chosen area.

Planning for a Creative Event
Content: This unit will allow you communicate a creative idea and to understand how to plan and make the event happen.
Performing to a Commission
Content: This offers you the opportunity to contribute to the creation of a performance in response to a commission set by the exam board.
Knowledge and understanding of the performing arts industry 27%, aquire skills and techniques in specialist area 32%, application of skills and techniques 28% ,analysis and evaluation 13%

Future opportunities

This course is a fantastic introduction to further and higher education in Performing Arts and start to a career in the performing arts industry as a performer, director/ choreographer, administrator, technician and more. It is great for building confidence, communication and cooperation skills and can complement a range of other subjects, including Media, Art, Fashion, Photography.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ferndown Upper School Sixth Form directly.

Last updated date: 13 September 2016
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    • If you are looking to join an excellent Sixth Form where you will achieve good results and have a great time too, Ferndown Upper School is the place for you!

      At Ferndown Upper School we believe that all Sixth Formers are entitled to a full range of activities that include the opportunity to:

      • Participate in main school life and run their own Student Union which organises social events, parties, charity fundraising and improvements to the college block.
      • Enjoy music and sports.
      • Receive clear guidance on future work options and applications to university.

      Every student’s future is important to us, therefore we organise dedicated sessions to provide detailed information on all option choices after Sixth Form. Our Head of Year 13 is also the UCAS co-ordinator at FUS and arranges workshops for students to guide them through the application process to gain entry to university, apprenticeships or employment.

      Furthermore, to ensure that we are offering the best educational and pastoral support, each student is linked to a tutor who will guide them through Sixth Form and will monitor their progress through regular academic mentoring sessions. The tutor is the first contact for students and parents for information and guidance. Tutors can arrange career appointments in school, set in motion information requests to subjects to check academic progress and can organise meetings between students, subject staff and parents.

      The Sixth Form is very much a social community and relations between students and teachers are relaxed and friendly. No two experiences of the Sixth Form are the same, but everyone has much to gain and much to contribute.

      We welcome committed students with ambition. Our most gifted and talented students often progress to the country’s top universities and training establishments, and to promote this students are encouraged to take part in mock interviews with local dignitaries. Our emphasis on taking control and becoming independent learners and thinkers promotes personal growth in all our students. The student community that results is distinctly colourful and energetic.