Performing Arts


Careers relating to Performing Arts

This CTEC is the equivalent to one A level and is appropriate for students who enjoy the performing arts of dance, acting and musical theatre but who wish to combine their studies with a range of other subjects. It will be taught by Performing Arts staff at Rainford. Students of Performing Arts develop many transferable skills and show flexibility and a high standard of communication needed in many professions.

Careers leading directly from this qualification include working in the leisure and travel industry, working in dance or Theatre in Education companies, broadcasting, media, or teaching.

Course content:

In opting for Performing Arts, you must have a passion for theatre, dance or the world of musical theatre. During the course you will specialise in one or more of the three art forms. You will enjoy a ‘hands on’ approach and will be highly self-motivated and able to analyse your own development.

There is no formal written examination, but your portfolios are very demanding and challenging. You will be expected to make connections with professional bodies and embark upon extensive research. You will also write a personal commentary making detailed observations of your work. You will be filmed and photographed and you must love performing in front of an audience. You must love hard work and long hours!

Entry requirements:

Ideally you will have a GCSE in Drama, Dance or Music, but extracurricular work and a passion for the subject is just as important. You should also have an ability to design and perform your work, an abundance of energy and good interpersonal skills.

Subject specific events:

During the course, you will have opportunities to visit a variety of Performing Arts venues, explore what’s on offer and meet practitioners. You will also have the opportunity to participate in workshops in dance, make up and physical skills and you will perform to an audience on numerous occasions.

Methods of study:

Research projects, personal log book, personal commentary, workshops, performing arts assignments, role play, dance, drama, music workshops. Understanding practitioners and professionals, rehearsing, reading, composing, devising and designing. Questioning, witness statements and stimulation.

Methods of assessment:

You will be assessed by 5 units over the 2-year course. 4 are mandatory:

  • Prepare to work in the performing arts sector
  • Proposal for a commissioning brief
  • Influential performance practice
  • Combined arts
  • is optional from:
  • Performing repertoire
  • Current issues in performing arts
  • Improvisation