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Key Facts

Level:
Level 1
Subject Sector:
9.1 Performing Arts
Credits:
8
Qualification No:
600/9218/X
GLH:
60 hours
Total qualification time:
80 hours
Price:
£36.00 per learner
Age Range:
Pre 16, 16-18, 19+

Qualification purpose

Prepare for further learning or training and/or develop knowledge and/or skills in a subject area

Qualification Grading Type

Pass

Assessment Methods

  • Portfolio of Evidence

  • Why choose this qualification?

    These qualifications are intended to provide learners with a broad introduction to the performing arts sector, equipping learners with underpinning knowledge and skills specific to the sector alongside a range of transferable employability skills. They are designed to support progression to further learning and ultimately to work in performing arts or other related sectors.

    The Skills for Performing Arts qualifications form part of the Suite of Skills qualifications that cover a number of sectors and are available at Entry 3, Level 1 and Level 2. The employability skills units are common across the suite, enabling easy transfer of credits between qualifications and supporting opportunities for cross-faculty working.

    The qualifications have been developed with the support of a number of further education colleges, training providers and adult and community learning providers. They have been designed to be consistent with the principles for study programmes for 16-19 year olds but are also relevant, particularly in the case of the smaller qualifications, for adults including the unemployed. These qualifications are also suitable for pre 16 learners.

    Changes to our “Skills for…” qualifications

    The recent review of our Vocational qualifications has resulted in changes to qualifications in the Performing Arts sector that will come in to effect as of the 1st August 2020. Please refer to the new Skills for Performing Arts qualification specification or unit spreadsheet for further details.

    Rules of Combination

    Learners must complete at least one unit from Group M – Mandatory worth a minimum of 4 credits and at least 4 further credits from Group M or Group 01 – Optional units.


    Units

    Mandatory

    Learners must complete at least one unit from Group M – Mandatory worth a minimum of 4 credits.

    Performance Skills

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    30
    Credits:
    4
    Unit No:
    R/504/8119
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    Working in the Performing Arts

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    30
    Credits:
    4
    Unit No:
    T/502/3830
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    Optional Units

    Learners may include one or more units from Group 01 – Optional Units.

    Acting Skills

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    30
    Credits:
    4
    Unit No:
    M/504/7852
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    Backstage Theatre Skills

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    27
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    Y/504/7974
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    Dance Skills

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    30
    Credits:
    4
    Unit No:
    H/504/7976
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    Design Skills for Performance

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    30
    Credits:
    4
    Unit No:
    T/504/7979
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    Devising and Directing Dance

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    35
    Credits:
    4
    Unit No:
    R/504/8024
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    Directing and Devising Drama

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    35
    Credits:
    4
    Unit No:
    M/504/8029
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    Music Skills for Solo Performance

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    40
    Credits:
    5
    Unit No:
    L/504/8118
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    Musical Ensemble Skills

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    40
    Credits:
    5
    Unit No:
    J/504/8117
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    Preparing Performing Arts Work

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    30
    Credits:
    4
    Unit No:
    H/502/3838
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    Song Writing Skills in Popular Music

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    35
    Credits:
    4
    Unit No:
    J/504/8053
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    What is the purpose of this qualification?

    This qualification is suitable if you need a short, level 1 Performing Arts course. It will be of specific relevance to:

    • learners of any age who have been disengaged with learning and need a short introduction at Entry level before progressing straight to a larger certificate or diploma at level 1
    • unemployed adults needing to demonstrate their interest in and commitment to the performing arts industry to potential employers, particularly where further work-based training will be on offer.


    What skills, knowledge, or understanding does this qualification develop?

    This qualification provides you with an introductory set of knowledge and skills, relevant to performing arts. You must take at least one of the three mandatory units below:

    • Working in the Performing Arts
    • Performance Skills.

    Optional units include topics such as song-writing, solo and ensemble music performance, directing and devising drama and dance, and backstage theatre skills.


    How is this qualification different from other, similar qualifications?

    This qualification is part of a suite which includes an Award, Certificate and Diploma. You should take the Award if you need only a small amount of focused learning relating to performing arts before progressing to employment (with further training where possible) or to a Level 2 qualification, as illustrated in the target learner profiles provided above.


    Which sector does this qualification support?

    This qualification is primarily designed to lead to further learning, as job roles in the performing arts industry at this level are very limited, but you could progress from this qualification to an entry-level role such as production assistant or runner.


    What are the progression options?

    You can progress to a Level 2 certificate or diploma in performing arts, such as Performance Skills (Dance, Acting, Theatre, Music), Performing and Productive Arts, including Gateway Qualifications Level 2 Certificate and Diploma in Skills for Performing Arts.


    Progression & Entry Requirements

    You do not need any prior qualifications or a specific level of attainment to take this qualification. It is available to learners of any age.

    Funding information

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    We have done our best to collate and summarise the key information, and wherever possible we alert our providers to changes in funding policy.

    This funding information is provided in good faith and it is always advisable to check directly with the funding agencies before committing to delivery.

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