Performing Arts Practice
OCR Level 2 Cambridge Technical in Performing Arts
OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical in Performing Arts
Duration of programme
An interest in Performing Arts with skills in one or more of the disciplines (singing, acting or dancing) is ideal plus you should have 5 GCSEs (or equivalent) at grade C (grade 4) or above; these should include English Language. There will also be an internal assessment to ensure that you are working at the appropriate level.
However, your individual circumstances can be discussed at your Pre-Entry Assessment.
As a whole the course will help you to gain an awareness of the way in which the creative industry works and give you strategies to work as a freelance performer because most of the time you will be self employed.
First year units;
- Skills Development in Performing Arts
- Professional Practice in Performing Arts
- Community Arts Project
- Performance Workshop
- Developing Voice for the Actor
- Dance Improvisation
Second year units;
- Singing Techniques in Performance
- Drama Improvisation
- Storytelling as Performance
- Auditions for Actors
- Dance Performance
- Music in the Community
Classes are taught in small groups with a focus on working to your individual strengths to develop a portfolio of performance skills. You build your confidence through creative work, devising and role play, with at least one singing, one dancing and one acting performance per year.
Theatre practitioners UCAN deliver the Performance Workshop module. UCAN was formed by Bernie Latham, of Hollyoaks fame, so it gives you the opportunity to work with industry professionals.
You will be required to maintain a blog to include reflections on your practice and research findings. Students work in rehearsals and are filmed regularly, which is used as evidence for your portfolios.
Level 2 students continue onto Performing Arts Practice (Level 3) or move into employment
Many Level 3 students progress onto university, taking degrees in Scriptwriting, Creative Events Management and Drama. Some students also pursue teaching careers
Work Based Learning
The course is very practical and will give you an understanding of how to make theatre connections and the importance of networking.
You will also work on a community project with primary school children coaching them and helping with diction, projection and stage movement, using the knowledge you gain to help them refine their performance skills.
As part of the Chapel arts centre offer, all students will be given the opportunity to take regular front of house, box office, and technician roles, and may be asked to produce materials for visiting professional performers.
Student timetables at RNC
We recognise that all of our learners are individuals, which is why no two students will have the same timetable. As well as each student’s core area(s) of study, they will have a mixture of ICT Skills, Orientation and Mobility, Independent Living Skills and/or Braille on their timetables, dependent on their individual needs, goals and objectives.
Here’s what the teachers have to say…
“In Performing Arts, you are not only studying acting, dance and singing; you also access a wide variety of activities and events throughout the year. These include weekly work based learning opportunities like managing the foyer of an arts centre, running a coffee bar there and supporting local professional organisations when they use the rehearsal and performance spaces. You will also take a directorial role in a local community project (The River Carnival) alongside your peers. The success of these projects very much hinges on positive team work and a cooperative, friendly working environment which we all work hard to create. In your second year you work on a Community music project with Reaction Music group and collaborate with theatre practitioners and other local colleges and schools. You will work with a professional director from the Courtyard Theatre in Hereford and you even have the opportunity to perform your audition pieces on the main stage at Theatr Brycheiniog, Brecon. This is a truly vocational course, building confidence through performance and also through working alongside the wider community on a week by week basis.” Cara Tivey, Performing Arts teacher