What is the purpose of this qualification?
This qualification will provide you with a comprehensive range of basic, introductory skills, as well as core knowledge, relevant to the performing arts, alongside generic employability skills which are needed both in the performing arts industry and across other sectors.
This qualification is suitable if you need a comprehensive introductory level 1 course in performing arts. It is particularly appropriate for:
• Young people interested in a career in the performing arts who intend to access level 2 qualifications or a level 2 apprenticeship but need a fairly extensive learning programme at level 1 before they will be ready to access level 2
• Young people and adults, including those who have had a significant break from or disjointed experience of education, who wish to work in the performing arts industry but need a thorough grounding in the subject and an opportunity to develop more general workplace skills, over an extended period, before deciding whether to apply for work or for a further course.
What skills, knowledge, or understanding does this qualification develop?
Learners will take the following mandatory units:
• Working in the Performing Arts
• Performance Skills.
Optional units cover knowledge and skills relating to dance, drama, music and music technology, and backstage and administrative roles (such as devising and directing dance and drama, acting skills, musical performance and song-writing skills, backstage theatre skills and promoting performances), alongside generic employability skills (such as time-management skills and working in a team).
How is this qualification different from other, similar qualifications?
Learners should take the Diploma if you need an extended introduction to the sector including the opportunity to build up a range of skills and knowledge, explore a number of potential job roles and career pathways in the sector, and gain a set of more generic workplace skills. The Diploma will be suitable for you if you who would benefit from an extended period of time working at level 1, up to 2 years, before progressing to employment or to a level 2 qualification or apprenticeship.
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?
Learners 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.