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GCSE Performing Arts

Level: 2 (9-1)

Exam Board: Edexcel

What Will I Learn?

The Performing Arts course offers students an opportunity to develop their skills across different mediums of the Arts. The course aims to encourage personal development through practical participation and performance in a range of performing arts disciplines. Furthermore, it will give learners a wider understanding and appreciation of performing arts through defined pathways. The course offers students the opportunity to develop knowledge of how different subjects in the Arts are brought together, such as Dance, Drama and Music.

How Will I Learn?

Learners will experience a range of teaching methods and styles. Lessons will include both practical and theory elements to develop a core knowledge of the components of the course. These might include role play, practical performance, verbal presentations, written tasks and many more.

 How Will I Be Assessed?

·         Internally Assessed units: Preparation, Performance and Production

·         Externally Assessed units: Individual Showcase

Where Might It Lead?

 opportunities for progression into the following:

·         A related Level 3 qualification in Performing Arts, Drama and Dance.

·         A broad-based preparation for careers in the Theatre, Television and Film.

·         Opportunities to work as a practical performer

·         Opportunities to work in production such as sound engineers, costume design, lighting engineers and many more.


What Next?


Optional subjects. These are the subjects you can choose from.  Please read the guidance before you choose your options.  The options are personal to you and what you want to do post 16. Make sure you:

  • Choose courses you know you will enjoy;
  • Choose courses you are interested in, as these courses are the courses you will get the best grades in;
  • Choose a range of different courses, so that you have a broad base from which to choose your post-16 courses;
  • Read the subject information on the next few pages very carefully.  Think about how the course is assessed. Are you          good at coursework?  Do you like taking exams?
  • Ask the advice of your subject teachers, your tutor and our careers’ advisers.  The teacher of the subject will give you        very worthwhile advice.  You can also ask students studying the subject;
  • Discuss it with your parents.  This is really important.  Make sure your parents come to the Options Evening and ask          any questions they have;
  • THINK VERY CAREFULLY about the subjects you choose.  It is very difficult indeed to change course once you have     started.  There may also not be a place in the subject you want to move to.


Please make sure that you do not:


  • Choose a course simply because your friends have chosen it;
  •  Allow either like or dislike of particular teachers to influence your choice.  The subjects are the important thing, not the         teacher;
  • Choose a course because you think it might be easy.  All the courses are difficult and to get the best grade you need to     put in maximum effort;
  •  Make your decision hastily.  Really think about the choices you make;
  • Drop any subject you may want to study after Year 11.  To study some courses at post 16 you need a GCSE in that         subject; 
  • Drop any subject you may require for entry to a particular occupation or course of further study.