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Performing Arts A Level at Accrington St Christopher's Church of England High School

Course description

It gives a broad introduction to the Performing Arts Sector in Drama, Dance, Music and Musical Theatre with emphasis on core knowledge and fundamental, transferrable skills. This is part of a programme of study allowing you to undertake 2/3 other A-level subjects keeping a broad academic range of subjects. It offers a vocational perspective on performing arts industries and is designed to provide a progression route to higher education and further training in the performing arts sector.

Course content

Unit 1 Investigating Practitioners Work (Externally Assessed)
Unit 2 Developing Skills and Techniques for Live Performance (Internally Assessed with Portfolio of Evidence)
Unit 3 Group Performance Workshop (Portfolio and Digital Process Log Externally Assessed)
Unit 4 Performing Arts in the Community (Internally Assessed Portfolio)
Unit 5 Individual Performance Commission (Externally Set task and Assessment)
Unit 6 Final Live Performance to an Audience (Externally Set and Assessed) 
TWO Units from:
  • Interpreting Classical Text for Performance
  • Acting Styles
  • Improvisation
  • Movement in Performance
  • Variety Performance
  • Classical Ballet Technique
  • Tap Dance technique
  • Jazz Dance Technique
  • Street Dance Technique
  • Contemporary Dance Technique
  • Healthy Dancer
  • Choreography for live performance
  • Theatre Directing
  • Writing for Performances
  • Developing the Voice for Performance
  • Singing Techniques for Performers
  • Musical Theatre techniques
  • Physical Theatre Techniques
  • Storytelling
  • Stand-up Comedy Technique (Internally Assessed with Portfolio of Evidence)


Entry requirements

Some previous study in either drama, dance, performing arts or music is desirable but not essential. You should be a competent performer in your chosen medium and you should have some experience of what is required for this kind of course.

Future opportunities

  • Performing Arts is a fantastic course if you are considering a career in the performing arts industry or wish to study a subject with a really practical approach.
  • Performing Arts in an exciting and enjoyable course with a lot of practical work, in depth study of scripts and theatre practitioners and the opportunity to take part in many performances throughout the course.
  • The course caters for all abilities and all disciplines within the performing arts industry and will prepare you well for further study at a specialist performing arts college, dance school, drama school, music conservatoire or university.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Accrington St Christopher's Church of England High School directly.

Last updated date: 24 March 2016
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