Performing Arts (Musical Theatre or Acting)

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  • You will select one of two pathways at the start of the course – with options to follow Acting or Musical Theatre pathways
  • GCSEs to include a Grade 4 in English
  • Requires a successful audition
  • Highly active and practical course
  • Continuous assessment based on written work and practical performances
  • Equivalent to two A Levels over two years
  • Demands a strong commitment to rehearsals in free time, including after College.

Course summary

Performing Arts is a practical course that focuses on developing the core skills and techniques required for success in one of two pathways: Acting or Musical Theatre. You will learn how to research, develop and prepare roles for performance in a range of exciting styles and genres. You will also get opportunities to work with professional Theatres such as The Nuffield and The Mayflower completing projects and performances to public audiences.

There will be a mixture of teacher-directed and self-directed tasks, practical workshops, research and independent written work. You will need to work consistently throughout the course in order to learn lines, stage directions and/or music and choreography. There will be development time enabling you to prepare and polish work for performance and a requirement for some rehearsals after College.

Your written work and actor’s logs will provide evidence for the development of your understanding and decisions made on characterisation and performance. There will be some controlled assessments over the two years but the majority of the assessment will be practical.

This course will suit dedicated and enthusiastic students with a genuine passion for performing. The ability to work independently and also be effective in a team is vital.

Exam Board: Performing Arts (Musical Theatre or Acting) – OCR (Cambridge Technicals in Performing Arts)

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Cara Boxall

“I particularly enjoy being seen as an individual and having support whenever it feels needed, without feeling like a burden. I always feel like I can go to a teacher for help with confidence and always receive the help I ask for.”

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