Level 3 Performing Arts

The Level 3 performing arts (dance or acting) course will provide you with the knowledge, skills and understanding essential for you to progress to degree level study and employment in the performing arts sector. 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 and much of the work will culminate in performance work to an audience. Alongside developing your performance skills this course will allow you to demonstrate transferable skills such as creative thinking, reflective learning, team-working, self- management, problem solving and communication.

This two-year course helps you become a versatile performer through the study of 12 units. Year 1 covers the following units:

Unit 1 - Principles of performance

Unit 2 - Engaging with an audience

Unit 3 - Introduction to professional practice

Unit 4 - Critical and contextual awareness

Unit 5 - Production skills and context

Unit 6 - Performance skills and context

Unit 7 - Preparation for specialist study

Unit 8 - Collaborative performance project

In year 2 you will study:

Unit 9 - Developing performance and production skills

Unit 10 - Preparing for progression

Unit 11 - Exploration of specialist study and context

Unit 12 - Extended project
The Acting course at Clarendon focuses on Realism and Naturalism, using the basic elements of Stanislavski’s System of Acting as a starting point. You will be encouraged to explore text, create characters, and make your acting as truthful as possible. Some of this work will include TV Acting, which is an excellent test to see how realistic and how convincing your acting can be.

There will be opportunities to explore other styles and practitioners, particularly through our major end-of-year productions which are performed in our studio theatre to a paying audience.

Dance pathway

The dance course at Clarendon covers a range of dance styles including ballet, contemporary, jazz and tap. You will discover the techniques used by both traditional and modern choreographers such as Ailey, Bourne, Graham and Shechter and you will use these techniques to learn, create, rehearse and perform ensemble and solo work.

There will be opportunities to explore other styles and practitioners, particularly through our major end-of-year productions which are performed in our studio theatre to a paying audience.

The team at Clarendon Sixth 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 assigned a Progress Tutor who will specifically look after your pastoral and course requirements

 ●  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

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: Arden School of Theatre, Arts Ed, Guildford School of Acting (GSA), Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Laine Theatre Arts, London Studio Centre, LIPA, Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, Northern School of Contemporary Dance, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and Urdang Academy.

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.
For our level 3 course, you are required to have 4 GCSEs at grade 4 including English. If you were unsuccessful in achieving your GCSE in maths, you will be able to retake this during your time at college.
This is a full-time course, which we approach in a very practical way. Although there is not a lot of written work, you will be required to write a Log Book, keep a diary and write essays.

The majority of your assessments will be through live public performances in our professional 200 seat theatre.
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.

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Please Note: While every effort is made to maintain the accuracy of these details, changes can and do occur. Government policy changes rapidly (particularly from one academic year to the next) which often has an effect on availability, eligibility for funding and the fee contribution required. Please confirm the course details when enrolling.

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