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Post 16 Studies

Performing Arts

A qualification from the Performing Arts Department would be an excellent qualification to have for many career paths as it shows total commitment to a particular study or hobby. Performers will have spent many hours on their own, and in groups, rehearsing to improve their skills. Of course, if you wish to teach dance or to perform, it is a vital course to take. Performing arts have many transferable skills: your listening skills will enhance the aural perception needed in languages; your performing skills develop confidence in performing to an audience - very useful if you wish to pursue law or media; and the arts also provide an excellent discussion point in interviews. Through devising and creating personal work, your abilities to sensitively critique, evaluate and act upon feedback to improve will be expanded; responsibilities and life skills essential for all career paths. All performing arts students are exposed to national professional performances, broadening their outlook on life and offering experiences to become a well-rounded individual. If you are creative and are looking for an A level to express yourself, which offers practical opportunities to devise and compose, then you should consider a performing arts qualification at Key Stage 5.

A Level Dance

Exam Board AQA
Assessment Coursework and External examination
Overview This course reflects both historical and current dance practices, making it more relevant, and inspires a lifelong passion and appreciation for dance. A range of styles and sources are studied for choreography and performance, with students given the choice to perform and choreograph in a style of their choice for the group work, providing it meets the assessment criteria.
Units studied Topic 1: Practical Exam (50% of A2 Marks)
Topic 2: Written Exam (50% of A2 Marks)
Future pathways A level Dance is a dynamic qualification which encourages students to develop their creative, performance and theoretical knowledge and ability alongside transferable skills such as team working, communication and problem solving. All of these are sought after skills by higher education and employers and will help young people to stand out in the workplace whatever their choice of career.

A Level Music

Exam Board Edexcel
Assessment Coursework and External examination
Overview This course balances the practical skills of performing and composing with the theoretical skills of analysis. There are a wide variety of areas of study to choose from including: Western Classical, Pop, Music for Theatre, Music in the Media, Jazz and Contemporary. The course allows for wider appreciation of musical styles and heritage and can be tailored to suit the skills and interests of individual students. Due to the layout of the course both the AS and A-Level are offered with the flexibility of converting the AS to A-Level at a later date.
Units studied Unit 1: Appraising Music - 40%. Written exam based on 3 areas of study.
Unit 2: Performance - 35%. Solo or Ensemble Performance.
Unit 3: Composition - 25%. 2 Compositions.
Future pathways A-Level Music is both a practical and academic qualification that is highly thought of by many Universities. Alongside the specific musical skills, the course encourages creative thinking and problem solving, teamwork and leadership skills, communication and confidence. These are all essential skills for further education and for any future career path.

A Level Drama and Theatre studies

Exam Board AQA
Assessment Coursework and External examination
Overview An A level in Drama and Theatre studies allows students to develop a variety of dramatic and theatrical skills - including performing, directing and critical evaluation - alongside an understanding and appreciation of drama and theatre in a social, cultural and historical context. The course is taught through a practical and theoretical context which allows students to develop their understanding of the origins of Theatre and develops their practical skill.
Units studied Unit 1: Exploration if Drama and Theatre 20% of A level
Unit 2: Theatre text in Performance 30% of A level
Unit 3: Exploration of Dramatic Performance 20% of A level
Unit 4: Theatre Text in Context 30% of A level
Future pathways A-level Drama and Theatre Studies will allow students to successfully develop strong analytical and creative skills, gain a thorough understanding of drama and theatre and have an ability to communicate effectively with others. All of these are sought after skills by higher education and employers and will help young people to stand out in the workplace whatever their choice of career.