Performing Arts

Performing Arts

Performing Arts A Level (EDEXCEL)

Why study this course?

Performing Arts is a popular subject at Malbank School and appeals to actors, dancers, singers, musicians and people interested in the technical side of the Industry. The subject makes use of the college's excellent facilities such as the Recording Studio as well as the connections it has with local radio, businesses and theatres. The subject is rich in variety of topics covered from lighting and set design to acting for television and stage, musical theatre, stage combat and broadcast journalism to media and using a recording studio. Students are able to specialise in areas they are interested in and form a path of study which helps focus their career interests. Every year the course is enriched with opportunities to work with West End professionals in the residential experience and students direct, perform, design and produce in this practical applied subject.

How is the course structured?


  • Unit 1: Performance Skills Personal Project Completed as Practical, Video, Audio, Coursework 

  • Unit 2: Planning an Event Completed as Practical, Video, Audio, Coursework 
  • Unit 3: Commission Practical Exam, Practical Examination


  • Unit 4: Understanding the Industry Completed as Practical, Video, Audio, Coursework
  • Unit 5: Design Management Project Completed as Practical, Video, Audio, Coursework
  • Unit 6: Commission Practical Exam Practical Examination

What are the entry requirements?

Though it is common for people with a general interest in the Arts to pick the course up with no previous experience, candidates usually have a performance background in dance, drama or music at GCSE or similar courses. A positive approach to learning new skills is essential and an appreciation of the variety of performance and the Industry is a must.

Which other subjects link well with this subject?

English and Media have a very good crossovers with Performing Arts seeing students often apply skills from analytical work and broadcast journalism to using skills, camera angles and lighting inspiration from the subject to support their media choices. Additionally, candidates interested in the technical aspects of the course enjoy Music Technology and Design Technology in the lighting, sound and set design areas. Students often combine Theatre Studies with Performing Arts and enjoy the skills which are transferrable between them.

What career paths would this course lead to?

Students who have taken the subject are now in Universities around the country studying Teaching, Broadcast Journalism for TV and Radio, Events Management, Dance, Musical Theatre, etc. One of our students has just gained an internship to America having worked with ITV and MTV and others work for companies who use the skills they started on this course in their daily business. Students have also gone into Public Relations careers following their training and confidence growth in the subject.

What specific skills will I learn?

  • Special Effects Makeup Advanced Skills
  • Musical Theatre & Directing
  • Management and Business Skills
  • Media & Broadcast Journalism
  • Stage Combat
  • Acting Skills for TV and Stage
  • Set Design
  • Lighting and Sound Design
  • Recording Studio Work
  • Vocal Work
  • Scriptwriting
  • Working with Professionals
  • Monologue and TV Screen Reels
  • Web-based Soundscape Directing

What Extra Opportunities are available?

Residential trip to London to see two major West End shows, work at Pineapple Dance Studios, Backstage Tours of West End theatres, Workshops with West End actors/dancers/vocal coaches, develop events and projects, school production involvement from set design, lighting and assisting with directing/choreography, working with local radio, theatre visits, etc.