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Performing Arts OCR Applied A Level at Longdean School

Course description

This Specification in Performing Arts has a number of distinctive features:

  • a choice of pathways - either dance or drama
  • extensive opportunities for practical work
  • a chance to find out how the industry operates by looking at performing arts organisations and the careers of individual workers

assessments appropriate to candidates' experience and expectations.

Course content

The specification contains eight units in total. Candidates must complete three units to be eligible for an AS award and six units for a full GCE award.

The three units for the AS are as follows:

Unit 1: Investigating performing arts organisations

Unit 2: Professional practice: skills development (Either dance or acting)

Unit 3: Professional practice: performance (Either dance or acting)

The three further units required to achieve the full GCE are as follows:

Unit 5: Getting work

Unit 6: Exploring repertoire (Either dance or acting)

Unit 7: Producing your showcase (Either dance or acting)

Units 3 and 7 are externally assessed by a visiting examiner

Entry requirements

Performing Arts is a GCE with a vocational focus and is therefore suitable for anyone who has an A*-B in Drama GCSE or a BTEC first certificate in either dance or acting at merit/distinction level.


Units in GCE Performing Arts are assessed either by means of a portfolio or by an external visiting examiner. For AS there are two portfolio units and one externally-examined unit.

In a portfolio unit, teaching staff at the centre mark the unit and submit a sample to an external moderator appointed by OCR. The external moderator will look to confirm the centre's standards but may adjust the centre's marking to bring it into line with national standards.

In an externally-assessed unit, a visiting examiner appointed by OCR will visit the centre and mark the practical work of the candidates whilst there.

Future opportunities

Will universities accept it as an entry qualification for students to get onto a degree course?

Yes. Regarding general matriculation requirements, the final result awarded to a successful candidate will count towards UCAS points for the purposes of admission to Higher Education. However, as with all general qualifications at GCE Advanced level, candidates should give careful thought to the balance of their overall programme of study and its relationship to their vocational aspirations. It goes without saying, for example, that a candidate whose primary intention is to read for a degree in Medicine would be unwise to rely heavily on a set of A Levels in the broad area of Performing Arts.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 21 January 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September