Creative and Performing Arts

Fine Art

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Examining body: AQA

Course content

The A level Fine Art is a two year course and is structured as follows:

  • Component 1 – Personal investigation

(No time limit / 96 marks / 60% of overall mark)

  • Component 2 – Externally  set task

Preparatory period & 15 hour exam. (96 marks / 40% of overall mark)

Work will be sketchbook based using a range of media including 2D and 3D materials. Students will be required to conduct a practical personal investigation, into an idea, issue, concept or theme, supported by written material. The focus of the investigation must be identified independently and must lead to a finished outcome or a series of related finished outcomes. The investigation should be a coherent, in-depth study.

Entry requirements

Students will be required to have achieved a Grade 6 or above in GCSE Art to undertake further study at A Level.

Students will also need to have a commitment to attending all lessons, working independently and producing the innovative, high quality Artwork that is required at A Level. They should be able to investigate artists and crafts people in depth and use their findings to inform the development of their own work and style. Students will also need good English and analytical skills to support the written element of component 1.

Progression routes

Successful completion of the A Level Art course could lead to acceptance on Foundation and Degree Level courses eg. Fine Art, Ceramics, Textiles, Interior Design, 3D Design, Graphic Design etc. This can lead to employment in a wide variety of fields such as Interior Design, Jewellery Design, Furniture Design, Teaching, Fashion, Textile Design, Graphics/Advertising, Photography and Architecture.

For further information contact

Mrs L. Swift (Head of Art)

BTEC Diploma in Sport

Examining body: Edexcel

Course content

Students will study the following eight core units:

  • Principles of Anatomy and Physiology in Sport
  • The Physiology of Fitness
  • Assessing Risk in Sport
  • Fitness Training and Programming
  • Sports Coaching
  • Sports Development
  • Fitness Testing for Sport and Exercise
  • Practical Team Sports

Entry requirements

You will need at least four GCSEs grade C or above. The course can also be accessed with a BTEC First Certificate or Diploma in Sport.

Progression routes

Progression may be to Foundation Degrees, Higher National Diplomas or Degrees at university. This qualification supports the following careers: Health and Fitness Instructor, Leisure Centre Assistant, Pool/Beach Lifeguard, Sports Coach, Sports Development Officer, Sports Physiotherapist and Sports Therapist.

For further information contact

Mrs K Everitt-Smith

BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Performing Arts

Examining body: Edexcel

If you are a keen performer of drama and interested in a career in some aspect of the performing arts, this course will enable you to develop your interest. The course is also excellent for developing your confidence and preparing you for a wide range of professions that involve communicating with others.

Course content

Students will study a total of 8 units:

  • Investigating Practitioners’ Work
  • Developing Skills and Techniques for Live Performance
  • Group Performance Workshop
  • Performing Arts in the Community
  • Individual Performance Commission
  • Final Live Performance to an Audience
  • Acting Styles
  • Drama Improvisation

Entry requirements

Five GCSE grades A*–C, including BTEC Level 2 Performing Arts at Pass, or GCSE Drama A*–C.

Progression routes

If successful you could apply for degree or diploma courses in higher education or may prefer to progress to performing arts or media-related employment. This course could give you between 120 and 240 UCAS points depending on your final grade.

Job options – performance-related
Acting, Dancing, Directing, Theatre Production, Radio, Television, Film, Public speaking, Presenter, Theatre In Education.

Job options – non-performance-related
Teaching, Counseling, Lighting Technician, TV Producer, Sound Technician, Stage Hands, Events Co-ordinator.

For further information contact

Miss I James

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Music Performance

Examining body: Pearson
QN Code: 601/7090/6

If you are a keen musician and interested in a career in some aspect of the music industry, this course will enable you to develop your interest further.


Students will study a total of 4 units:

  • Unit 1 – Practical Music Theory and Harmony
  • Unit 2 – Professional Practice in the Music Industry
  • Unit 3 – Ensemble Music Performance
  • Unit 5 – Music Performance Session Styles


Five GCSE grades A*–C, including BTEC Level 2 Music at Pass, or GCSE Music A*–C or equivalent.


If successful, you could apply for degree or Graduate diplomas at Music Colleges/conservatoires. Or Specialist music courses and apprenticeships in the associated PR and recording industries.


Musician, composer, songwriter, producer, musical director, conductor, arranger, sound technician stage management, roadie, sound engineer, instrumental support, guitar tech, drum tech. artistic management personal and financial management, studio management, promoter, marketing, A&R (Artists and Repertoire) recording studio personnel, engineer, assistant engineer, technical manager, tech support, producer, creative manager, mastering engineer.


Miss S Cobon and Mr M Porter