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Creative and Media Studio School

Performing Arts

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Performing Arts - Extended Certificate (1 A Level). This course will widen your understanding about the world of Performing Arts, whilst developing your performing skills in our purpose-built performance spaces.

Why study drama?

“All The world’s A Stage” and drama is the expression of civilisation. It is life, psychology, humanity. It fosters the skills of creativity, collaboration, integrity and vision. It involves standards of communication whilst supporting the intellectual and social development of the individual. It builds self confidence and self-esteem through the promotion of teamwork and through the refinement of technical skills and artistry. It supports progression of personal and vocational skills to realise potential within the individual. 

Course description

This course will widen your understanding about the world of Performing Arts, whilst developing your performing skills in our purpose-built performance spaces. You will study a variety of Performing Arts disciplines and new skills which will lead to a series of practical productions in the drama studio and at external venues.

Specific Entry Requirements

Students applying for the Level 3 BTEC in Performing Arts should achieve at the very least a Level 4 in English Language, Maths and 3 other GCSE subjects. Students invited for interview will be asked to prepare a performance along with a written task set by the CMSS. This work will be assessed by the subject specialist as part of the interview process and will contribute to the decision of an offer being made.


The qualification consists of a combination of practical and theory based assignments. These will be assessed through a mixture of Edexcel-set assignments/exams and internally assessed units.

You will also take part in three productions each year including performances in the community which supports one of the mandatory units. The learning structure is a mixture of tutor led activities and independent research.

The course assessment structure is a combination of internally assessed coursework and Edexcel-set controlled assessment.

Assessment is broken down into two sections:

  • Externally-assessed units (Ext Cert = 2 Units / Ext Dip = 6 Units)
  • Internally-assessed units (Ext Cert = 3 Units / Ext Dip = 7 Units)

Throughout the course you will be given a grade prediction based on your internally assessed work.


One of the biggest advantages of the Studio School is every department has unlimited access to all of the resources on offer. Each department does, however, specialise in an array of core resources. This enable students to get the most out of the resources closest to their chosen subject.

The Performing Arts department’s core resources are:

  • A dedicated performance space complete with...
    • StageSound system
    • Wireless microphone infrastructure
    • A vast array of stage lighting
  • Industry standard cameras and audio equipment

Future Pathways...

Many students who successfully complete the course go on to one of the following pathways:Performing Arts or a related subject at University / Actors, Dancers & Singers / Directors / Animators / Producer / Production Manager / Stage Manager / Set Designer / Wardrobe Designer / Lighting Design / Sound Engineer / Theatre Manager / Funding Officer / Box Office Staff to name but a few.

Would You Like To Find Out More?

Maybe you have a question about the different range of units you can study? Or maybe you want a bit more info on the resources? Whatever your question, the Tutors are more than happy to answer any that you have. Get in touch and we’ll get back to you with all the answers.

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