Performing Arts

Performing Arts


The Performing Arts course inspires students to become independent creative artists with the skills that they need to go on to higher education, drama school or employment whether to study a course in their chosen discipline or any other subject.

Students learn through experience; seeing theatre and making theatre for themselves. Students
are introduced to a wide range of theatrical styles and contexts as they explore plays practically,
devise and work on performances. Students can choose to develop their skills in one of three
pathways: Acting or Dance or Production.

Students will complete a number of mandatory, externally assessed units and subject-specific
internally assessed units.


Mandatory Units (for all pathways):

  • Preparing to work in the performing arts sector
  • Proposal for a commissioning brief
  • Influential performance practice


  • Pathway 1: Acting: Acting technique; Improvisation; Theatre Performance; Theatre Directing
  • Pathway 2: Dance: Dance technique; Dance performance; Dance choreography; Deliver dance and movement workshops
  • Pathway 3: Theatre Production: Production and stage management; Set design and realisation or Costume design and realisation; Stage lighting design and operation


All students taking Performing Arts will be required to realise their chosen pathway and will need
to be prepared to present their work to a public audience. Assessment is based entirely on work completed in class and independently (there is no final written exam). Students will need to give up additional time to attend rehearsals and performances outside of normal school hours. It is a requirement of the course that students see as much live theatre as possible during the course. Opportunities will be made during the school year. Independent research and review of theatre is essential.


This course can lead to further study or employment in the following fields: acting, dance, design,
directing theatre, stage management, media, film and television, public relations, coaching, education, law, journalism, politics and so many more.

Throughout lessons, students develop skills that are not just essential for working in theatre but
applicable to a wide range of higher education subjects and in the workplace. Students will develop collaboration, communication, concentration, leadership, artistic awareness, self-awareness, creativity, confidence, evaluation and cultural, social and literary contexts. Whatever their future holds, students of performing arts will emerge with a toolkit of transferable skills preparing them for their next steps.