Course Info

Performing Arts (Vocational A Level)

Course content & format

Throughout the course you will develop a range of skills and knowledge preparing you for progression into University/Acting School/Conservatoire and employment within the Performing Arts. You will learn through a variety of teaching methods which will aim to meet the needs of each individual but the majority of the sessions will be practical.

Throughout the course you will study 4 units from the BTEC Extended Certificate in Performing Arts these are:

1: Investigating Practitioners Work

2: Skills and Techniques for Live Performance

3: Group Performance Workshop

4: Optional Unit (Dependant on student interests)

Your unique experience

The team at Clarendon 6th Form College will support you, challenge you and open your eyes to the potential for an exciting and varied future in the Performing Arts industry.

  ●  You will often be given 1-2-1 support with a teacher to help you achieve your goals

  ●  You will be assessed through a variety of methods including discussions, presentations, written work and performances

  ●  You will have the opportunity to be involved in a rich and diverse enrichment programme, which includes:   ●  Fight Club: Stunt and stage combat work, including unarmed and rapier & dagger training.   ●  Dance Club: A wide selection of dance including: Ballet, street, modern, ballroom and tap. A fantastic opportunity for you to develop dance and fitness, for fun or at a higher level.   ●  Song Club: Fun, weekly singing sessions to improve your voice and to have an opportunity to sing in public, as part of a choir or as a solo performer.   ●  Audition class: Essential for your progression into drama school. This is led by experienced and professional acting coaches with many years’ experience supporting young people, into gaining a place at the top UK drama schools.

The staff at Clarendon Sixth Form college have supported their previous students in reaching their goals and securing places at top UK Drama schools, including: ALRA, Arden School of Theatre, Arts Ed, Guildford School of Acting (GSA), Laine Theatre Arts, Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, Urdang Academy, Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

From 2018, Arts Ed will be holding their auditions here at Clarendon Sixth Form college and have kindly agreed to give FREE auditions to ALL Clarendon Sixth Form students!


Students will learn from staff with many years of professional performance experience in TV, FILM and Theatre.

Staff will bring with them and instil the culture of professional rehearsal etiquette – the student experience will feel much more like Director and Performer and less like student and teacher.

Entry Qualifications


How is this course assessed?

Although there is not a huge amount of written work, you will be required to write a Log Book, keep a diary and write essays. Two of your assessments will be through your performances, some of which will be to public audiences in our own 200 seat theatre. Two of the units are externally assessed.

What can I do next?

On successful completion of this qualification, many young people progress into Higher Education at Drama/Dance School or University, where they continue to train to become professional performers, or train as teachers or professional coaches.

Many young people move immediately into the industry and can often be seen on stage and television.

Clarendon Sixth Form College : Performing Arts

Please Note: While every effort is made to maintain the accuracy of these details, changes can and do occur. Please confirm the course details when enrolling.