'Music is our life's foundation'

The Level 3 Cambridge Technicals in Performing Arts have been developed to meet the changing needs of the sector, and prepare students for the challenges they’ll face in Higher Education or employment. These qualifications are not just about being able to perform on stage; designed in collaboration with experts spanning the breadth of the sector they focus on the requirements that today’s universities, professional vocational colleges and employers demand. 

A wide range of centre assessed units with practical and wider project-based assessment opportunities, as well as examined units on Prepare to work in the performing arts sector, Proposal for a commissioning brief, Influential performance practice, Arts administration, and Original performance has resulted in focused qualifications. Depending on the size chosen the qualifications either complement a Key Stage 5 study programme alongside other vocational qualifications or A Levels, or may constitute the bulk of a two-year study programme. 

Students will practically apply their skills and knowledge in preparation for further study or the workplace; they will develop technical and performance skills; as well as theoretical knowledge and understanding to underpin these skills. Plus, they will be equipped with the skills to be able to research, apply elements to their own performance and set out project proposals. They will also gain a range of transferable skills that will underpin freelance work in their chosen field. 

Students will also gain an understanding of how different businesses and organisations in the performing arts sector work. When it comes to progression or employment, your students will learn about the variety of opportunities available to them, and the roles and responsibilities of businesses and organisations within the sector. They will develop strategies, attitudes and survival skills for sustaining a career in the performing arts industry, as well as an understanding of the expectations of potential employers so that they can maximise their chances of getting work in a fiercely competitive environment.


What will I learn?


Preparing to work in the Performing Arts industry

The performing arts industry is a large and complex business. As well as playing a part in the cultural life of a country, it has significant economic benefits and impacts on the lives of most people; this could be when they watch a performance, play a CD or send their children to dance classes. It is hugely diverse and embraces many different art forms, jobs and types of organisations. 

This unit will give you an understanding of the range and diversity of this industry. You will learn about the jobs and organisations that make up the industry, how it is funded and how companies are supported and regulated.

Proposal for a Commissioning Brief

You will be given the opportunity to develop a community arts project from a given brief. You will consider your creative skills and preferences and think about how these can be utilised in a way that benefits a community or a defined group of participants, who may otherwise have little access to the project’s content. You will develop knowledge and understanding of administration and planning, as well as the appropriate creative skills and techniques applicable to a project, learning how to monitor development and pilot practical elements in a way that will support the potential project and put contingency in place.


Influential Performance Practice

You will learn about genres, styles and periods, social, cultural and historical influences and significant theatrical/performance developments and practitioners. To help understand the demands of performing a piece of repertoire, you will need to be familiar with the context in which the piece was created and the stylistic conventions of the style or genre into which the piece fits. You will become

familiar with a range of different styles and periods, e.g. Classical, Modern and post- Modern, within their social, cultural and historical contexts and will be able to select, adapt and apply elements of your research into your performance concept and practical performance.


Combined Arts

Your research into the history of new performance and influential artistic practice will reveal a long history of actors, dancers and musicians, extending their skills into other forms and beginning new creative movements and styles. Few performance companies that you see as part of your course will be exclusively defined by a narrow art form, and some companies positively seek to produce performances not easy to define. You will study these historical and contemporary examples to inspire you to make you own piece of combined art.

Plus one optional practical Unit.


Next step: University and careers

Employment in local and national music frameworks and development areas and opportunities.  Teaching of Music, University to study a wide range of musical based courses.