Music and Performing Arts Faculty

Our students participate well in music and performing arts, and performances in the Academy and in other locations are always exciting to hear and see. In addition to some exciting lessons, students have the opportunity to take part in many different activities, including music festivals, launching CDs and working in partnership with local theatres.  A wide range of instrumental and vocal lessons is also available and heavily subsidised by the Academy.

Level 3 BTEC Extended Certificate in Music Edexcel (1 A Level)

This course is designed to offer some flexibility and personalisation of the course alongside mandatory units, all of which combine to provide a qualification that is widely recognised by universities and employers. Students will study mandatory units including; Ensemble Music Performance techniques, Practical Music Theory and Harmony, and Professional Practice in the Music Industry. One further unit is studied, selected from a range of options including Arranging Music, Composing Music, Solo Performance, Music Investigation, amongst others. Students will develop their practical skills and musical understanding through a range of practical opportunities, each with a ‘real-life’ vocational context as well as learning about the wider music industry. Further to this, students will continue to develop a range of transferable skills that are highly regarded by Higher Education and employers.

Assessment Method: Mandatory Units 1 – Task: set and marked by exam board. 2 – Assignment: set and marked internally 3 – Task: set and marked by exam board Optional Unit Assignment: set and marked internally

Career Progression: Beyond KS5 you may progress to study at degree level. Options include; Music, Music Promotion, Sound Engineering, Music Journalism and Music for Film Television and Games plus many more. Careers within the music industry include performer, music therapist, music teacher, sound technician, arts administration and many more.

‘‘Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent’’. Victor Hugo

Level 3 BTEC Extended Certificate in Performing Arts Edexcel (1 A Level)

This course is designed to offer some flexibility and personalisation of the course alongside mandatory units, all of which combine to provide a qualification that is widely recognised by universities and employers. Students study mandatory units including; Investigating Practitioner’s Work, Developing Skills and Techniques for Live Performance, and Group Performance Workshop. One further unit is studied, selected from a range of options including Writing For Performance, Acting Styles, Improvisation, Variety Performance and others. Students will develop their practical skills and musical understanding through a range of practical opportunities, each with a ‘real-life’ vocational context as well as learning about the wider Performing Arts industry. Further to this, students will continue to develop a range of transferable skills that are highly regarded by HE and employers.

Assessment Method: Mandatory Units 1 – Task: (Investigating Practitioner’s Work) set and marked by exam board. 2 – Assignment: (Developing Skills and Techniques for Live Performance) set and marked internally 3 – Task: (Group Performance Workshop) set and marked by exam board Optional Unit Assignment: set and marked internally

Career Progression: Beyond KS5 you can study at Degree level, any Performing Arts / Acting / Dance related subjects – and there are many varied courses at Further and Higher Education institutions. Careers within the Performing Arts industry include performer, actor, community arts worker, dancer, drama therapist, theatre director plus many more.

“I regard the theatre as the greatest of all arts forms, the most immediate way in which a human being can share with another the sense of what it is to be a human being’’. Oscar Wilde

Further information: Mr Thompson, Director of Music and Performing Arts