Performing Arts and Music
Vocational • Level 1
About the course
This pre-advanced, one year course will give you the opportunity to explore and develop skills in Performing Arts and related areas. The units you will study will cover a wide range of skills such as how to use a stimulus for a performance, and rehearsing for a performance across acting, music and dance. Transferable skills will be developed in areas such as being organised, working with others and research skills as well as developing a personal progression plan in preparation for your next steps. Your assessments will be coursework based, both theory and practical. You will be expected to present information that you have gathered, keep a working logbook, record or reflective journal, take part in oral or written presentations as well as take part in role play, interviews and other activities. You will be assessed on the rehearsal process and final performance of any practical work. This course will enable you to progress on to our level 2 courses within Performing Arts and Music.
A minimum of two GCSEs at grade 3 or above including English and/or Mathematics OR a relevant Pre-Foundation Learning qualification
Your course will consist of 4 mandatory units which are: Being Organised, Developing a Personal Progression Plan, Working with Others & Researching a Topic. Our optional units may include: Using Digital Communication Technologies, Using a Stimulus for Performance, Performing a Piece of Music, Rehearsing for a Performance, Performing a Dance Routine, Creating a mood-board & Designing an Interactive Presentation. These optional units are subject to change.
The content of your assessment will be outlined on an assignment brief; the design of these will be explained during induction. Your assignment brief will direct you the type of evidence you will be required to produce which could include some or all of the following; Carrying out practical tasks, Presenting information through oral or written presentations, Rehearsal and performance Logbooks, records and reflective journals, role play, interviews and other activities. This will be assessed internally by your tutor and verified by the awarding body.
Careers & Progression
On successful completion of this course you may decide to progress onto a Level 2 Extended Certificate course, or Intermediate Apprenticeship within the Creative Arts. Careers that this course may lead to include Performer, Musician, Performing Arts Administration jobs and Marketing. Alumni Kurtis Baker progressed from this pre-advanced course onto a level 2 & 3 in Performing Arts before enrolling onto our degree programme in Theatre & Performance Studies. Kurtis was later employed by Burnley College as a theatre technician, supporting our performances and staff.
Black practical attire is required for your practical classes. You will also be expected to purchase a sketch book for your mood board unit.
You will have access to industry standard performance and rehearsal spaces. The department also provides access to high-spec video cameras, changing facilities, ballet barres, acro equipment and PCs/laptops for theory lessons.
Extra curricular activities
There are plenty of activities and visits to take part in that will help you achieve your ambitions. Past visits have included: West End Theatre trip to London with an overnight stay and two west end theatre shows and a workshop. You will also benefit from a wide range of guest speakers to enrich the curriculum.