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Performing Arts (Music) OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technicals at Harris Academy Battersea

Course description

This qualification is ideal for those students who enjoy the study of music. The course will give you an opportunity to be creative, to perform and to inspire.

Students often study Performing Arts alongside Media, English, Drama, Music Technology.

Course content

Students will practically apply their skills and knowledge in preparation for further study or the workplace; they will develop technical and performance skills; as well as theoretical knowledge and understanding to underpin these skills. Plus, they will be equipped with the skills to be able to research, apply elements to their own performance and set out project proposals.

Unit 1: Prepare to work in the performing arts sector

This unit gives students an understanding of the range and diversity of the industry. Students will learn about the jobs and organisations that make up the industry, how it is funded and how companies are supported and regulated. The unit will give students strategies, attitudes and survival skills for sustaining a career in the performing arts industry.

Unit 2: Proposal for commissioning a brief

This unit will equip students with the range of skills to be able to set out proposals as a response to a given brief and then set up and pilot performances and/or workshops. It will also provide students with a set of transferable skills that will underpin freelance work in students’ chosen artistic field. Students will be given the opportunity to develop a community arts project from a given brief.

Unit 3: Influential Performance Practice

Students will learn about genres, styles and periods, social, cultural and historical influences and significant theatrical/performance developments and practitioners. To help understand the demands of performing a piece of repertoire, students will need to be familiar with the context in which the piece was created and the stylistic conventions of the style or genre into which the piece fits.

Unit 4: Combined arts

Students will research the history of new performance and influential artistic practice that will reveal a long history of actors, dancers and musicians, extending students’ skills into other forms and beginning new creative movements and styles.

Unit 8: Performing repertoire

Students will have an opportunity to work within the discipline and demands of a piece of repertoire and to put their own mark on the material. In this context, repertoire texts and performance pieces are ones that have been performed before and perhaps reinterpreted to reflect the age in which they are revived.

Entry requirements

Students must have at least a Merit in a Level 2 BTEC or C at GCSE music.

Students must have a specialist instrument which they can successfully perform on (including voice). We can consider students who do not have GCSE or BTEC Music at Level 2 but they will need to audition for the music department, showing at least 7 minutes of performance.

You need to have very good skills in written English and you need to have GCSE English at Grade C, or be working towards achieving this, in order to do well on the course.


The qualification consists of 5 units, 4 of which are mandatory with the other being chosen by the school. The course is taught over 2 years and is the equivalent of 1 A-Level.

2 units are assessed in school by coursework.

3 units are controlled assessments that are completed over a 2 week period and sent off for marking.

Future opportunities

Success on the course will naturally lead to the majority of popular music or industry-focused undergraduate degree or diploma courses in the UK. Possible career paths include musician, actor, session musician, producer, technician, sound engineer, event manager, director, script writer, promoter, artist manager, venue manager, roadie, composer, arranger, teacher or any other role in the music industry.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Harris Academy Battersea directly.

Last updated date: 08 November 2017
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