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Key Facts

Level:
Level 1
Subject Sector:
9.1 Performing Arts
Credits:
37
Qualification No:
600/8849/7
GLH:
272 hours
Total qualification time:
370 hours
Price:
£126.50 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 the two units from the Mandatory Group (M), totalling 8 credits. In addition, they must complete a minimum of 16 credits from Group O1 (Optional units - Performing Arts) and 13 further credits from either Group O1 or Group O2 (Optional units - Employability Skills, English and Maths). At least 14 credits from Groups O1 and O2 combined must be at Level 1 or above, with at least 6 credits at Level 1 or above coming from Group O1. Learners cannot include more than one unit with the same or similar title.


    Units

    Mandatory

    A minimum of 8 credits must be completed from this group

    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: Performing Arts Skills

    A minimum of 16 credits must be completed from this group, of which 6 credits must be at Level 1 or above

    Acting Skills

    Learners may choose 1 unit from this group.

    Acting Skills

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    30
    Credits:
    4
    Unit No:
    M/504/7852
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    Creating Dance

    Learners may choose 1 unit from this group.

    Creating Dance

    Level:
    Entry Level 3
    Guided Learning Hours:
    35
    Credits:
    4
    Unit No:
    M/504/7818
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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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    Creating Drama

    Learners may choose 1 unit from this group.

    Creating Drama

    Level:
    Entry Level 3
    Guided Learning Hours:
    35
    Credits:
    4
    Unit No:
    T/504/7819
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    Creating Sets and Stages

    Learners may choose 1 unit from this group.

    Backstage Theatre Skills

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    27
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    Y/504/7974
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    Creating Sets and Stages

    Level:
    Entry Level 3
    Guided Learning Hours:
    35
    Credits:
    4
    Unit No:
    F/504/7838
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    Dance and Movement Workshop

    Learners may choose 1 unit from this group.

    Dance and Movement Workshop

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    35
    Credits:
    4
    Unit No:
    D/504/7975
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    Design Skills for Performance

    Learners may choose 1 unit from this group.

    Design Skills for Performance

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

    Learners may choose 1 unit from this group.

    Directing and Devising Drama

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    35
    Credits:
    4
    Unit No:
    M/504/8029
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    DJing Skills

    Learners may choose 1 unit from this group.

    DJing Skills

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    27
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    M/504/8032
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    Exploring Dance

    Learners may choose 1 unit from this group.

    Dance Skills

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    30
    Credits:
    4
    Unit No:
    H/504/7976
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    Exploring Dance

    Level:
    Entry Level 3
    Guided Learning Hours:
    35
    Credits:
    4
    Unit No:
    H/504/7850
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    MIDI and Audio Techniques

    Learners may choose 1 unit from this group.

    MIDI and Audio Techniques

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    40
    Credits:
    5
    Unit No:
    L/504/8040
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    MIDI Sequencing and Software

    Learners may choose 1 unit from this group.

    MIDI Sequencing and Software

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    40
    Credits:
    4
    Unit No:
    R/504/8041
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    Music and Lyrics

    Learners may choose 1 unit from this group.

    Creating Music and Lyrics

    Level:
    Entry Level 3
    Guided Learning Hours:
    35
    Credits:
    4
    Unit No:
    T/504/7822
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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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    Musical Ensemble Skills

    Learners may choose 1 unit from this group.

    Musical Ensemble Skills

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    40
    Credits:
    5
    Unit No:
    J/504/8117
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    Musical Theatre

    Learners may choose 1 unit from this group.

    Musical Theatre

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    27
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    K/504/8045
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    Musical Theatre Skills

    Learners may choose 1 unit from this group.

    Musical Theatre Skills

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    30
    Credits:
    4
    Unit No:
    T/504/8047
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    Performance Workshop

    Learners may choose 1 unit from this group.

    Drama and Theatre Workshop

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    35
    Credits:
    4
    Unit No:
    L/504/8037
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    Performance Workshop

    Level:
    Entry Level 3
    Guided Learning Hours:
    30
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    J/504/8120
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    Performing Arts Individual Repertoire and Showcase

    Learners may choose 1 unit from this group.

    Performing Arts Individual Repertoire and Showcase

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    30
    Credits:
    4
    Unit No:
    D/502/3840
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    Performing Physical Theatre

    Learners may choose 1 unit from this group.

    Performing Physical Theatre

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    27
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    A/504/8048
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    Preparing for a Performance

    Learners may choose 1 unit from this group.

    Preparing Performing Arts Work

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    30
    Credits:
    4
    Unit No:
    H/502/3838
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    Preparing for a Performance

    Level:
    Entry Level 3
    Guided Learning Hours:
    18
    Credits:
    2
    Unit No:
    F/504/8066
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    Rehearsing for a Production

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    27
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    F/504/8052
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    Promoting a Performing Arts Event

    Learners may choose 1 unit from this group.

    Promoting a Performing Arts Event

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    30
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    A/504/8051
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    Solo Music Performance

    Learners may choose 1 unit from this group.

    Music Skills for Solo Performance

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    40
    Credits:
    5
    Unit No:
    L/504/8118
    Click here to view full unit details

    Solo Music Performance

    Level:
    Entry Level 2
    Guided Learning Hours:
    40
    Credits:
    4
    Unit No:
    K/503/4002
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    Sound and Audio Production Skills

    Learners may choose 1 unit from this group.

    Sound and Audio Production Skills

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    35
    Credits:
    4
    Unit No:
    L/504/8054
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    Optional units: Employability Skills, English and Maths

    A maximum of 13 credits may be completed from group O2a, O2b and O2c.

    Employability Skills

    A maximum of 13 credits may be completed from group O2a, O2b and O2c.

    Applying for a Job

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    20
    Credits:
    2
    Unit No:
    M/617/4059
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    Career Planning

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    30
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    A/617/4064
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    Communication skills for work

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    30
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    A/617/4081
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    Conduct at Work

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    20
    Credits:
    2
    Unit No:
    R/617/4071
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    Customer service skills

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    16
    Credits:
    2
    Unit No:
    H/617/4074
    Click here to view full unit details

    Digital Skills for Work

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    30
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    M/617/4157
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    Exploring Entrepreneurship

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    20
    Credits:
    2
    Unit No:
    H/617/4091
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    Exploring and Presenting Enterprise Ideas

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    30
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    H/617/4088
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    Health and Safety in the Workplace

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    20
    Credits:
    2
    Unit No:
    A/617/4095
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    Interview Skills

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    30
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    L/617/4098
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    Introduction to Self-Employment

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    30
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    F/617/4101
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    Making the Most of Work Placement

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    30
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    R/617/4104
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    Negotiation Skills

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    30
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    H/617/4107
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    Numeracy Skills for Work

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    30
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    L/617/4148
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    Searching for a Job

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    20
    Credits:
    2
    Unit No:
    T/617/4130
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    Self-Management Skills for Work

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    20
    Credits:
    2
    Unit No:
    J/617/4133
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    Setting and Meeting Work-Related Targets

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    20
    Credits:
    2
    Unit No:
    D/617/4137
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    Skills for Creative Thinkers

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    15
    Credits:
    2
    Unit No:
    H/504/6262
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    Skills for Effective Participants

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    15
    Credits:
    2
    Unit No:
    Y/504/6260
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    Skills for Independent Enquirers

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    15
    Credits:
    2
    Unit No:
    D/504/6258
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    Skills for Reflective Learners

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    15
    Credits:
    2
    Unit No:
    A/504/6915
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    Solving Work-Related Problems

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    20
    Credits:
    2
    Unit No:
    K/617/4142
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    Time Management

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    20
    Credits:
    2
    Unit No:
    A/617/4145
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    Working Safely

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    10
    Credits:
    1
    Unit No:
    H/617/4124
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    Working in a Team

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    30
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    L/617/4151
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    Working with Colleagues

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    20
    Credits:
    2
    Unit No:
    D/617/4154
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    English

    A maximum of 13 credits may be completed from group O2a, O2b and O2c.

    Engage in Discussion

    Learners may choose 1 unit from this group.

    Engage in Discussion

    Level:
    Entry Level 3
    Guided Learning Hours:
    20
    Credits:
    2
    Unit No:
    M/505/6129
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    Engage in Discussion

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    20
    Credits:
    2
    Unit No:
    Y/505/6321
    Click here to view full unit details
    Listen and Respond

    Learners may choose 1 unit from this group.

    Listen and Respond

    Level:
    Entry Level 3
    Guided Learning Hours:
    20
    Credits:
    2
    Unit No:
    H/505/4135
    Click here to view full unit details

    Listen and Respond

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    20
    Credits:
    2
    Unit No:
    D/505/6319
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    Read for Information

    Learners may choose 1 unit from this group.

    Read for Information

    Level:
    Entry Level 3
    Guided Learning Hours:
    30
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    H/505/6127
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    Read for Information

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    30
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    L/505/4131
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    Read for Purpose and Meaning

    Learners may choose 1 unit from this group.

    Read for Purpose and Meaning

    Level:
    Entry Level 3
    Guided Learning Hours:
    30
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    D/505/6126
    Click here to view full unit details

    Read for Purpose and Meaning

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    30
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    Y/505/6318
    Click here to view full unit details
    Speak to Communicate

    Learners may choose 1 unit from this group.

    Speak to Communicate

    Level:
    Entry Level 3
    Guided Learning Hours:
    20
    Credits:
    2
    Unit No:
    K/505/6128
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    Speak to Communicate

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    20
    Credits:
    2
    Unit No:
    R/505/6320
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    Write Accurately

    Learners may choose 1 unit from this group.

    Write Accurately

    Level:
    Entry Level 3
    Guided Learning Hours:
    30
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    L/505/4159
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    Write with Accuracy

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    30
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    F/505/4160
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    Write to Communicate

    Learners may choose 1 unit from this group.

    Write to Communicate

    Level:
    Entry Level 3
    Guided Learning Hours:
    30
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    H/505/6130
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    Write to Communicate

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    30
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    D/505/6322
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    Maths

    A maximum of 13 credits may be completed from group O2a, O2b and O2c.

    Making Calculations

    Learners may choose 1 unit from this group.

    Making Calculations

    Level:
    Entry Level 3
    Guided Learning Hours:
    30
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    K/505/4864
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    Making Calculations

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    30
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    F/505/4868
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    Money, Time and Temperature

    Learners may choose 1 unit from this group.

    Money, Time and Temperature

    Level:
    Entry Level 3
    Guided Learning Hours:
    30
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    D/505/4862
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    Money, Time and Temperature

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    30
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    M/505/4882
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    Numbers, Decimals, Fractions and Percentages

    Learners may choose 1 unit from this group.

    Numbers, Decimals, Fractions and Percentages

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    30
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    A/505/4867
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    Using Whole Numbers, Decimals, Fractions and Percentages

    Level:
    Entry Level 3
    Guided Learning Hours:
    20
    Credits:
    2
    Unit No:
    T/505/4866
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    Numerical Relationships, Algebra and Ratios

    Learners may choose 1 unit from this group.

    Numerical Relationships, Algebra and Ratios

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    20
    Credits:
    2
    Unit No:
    J/505/4869
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    Using and Communicating Data

    Learners may choose 1 unit from this group.

    Using and Communicating Data

    Level:
    Entry Level 3
    Guided Learning Hours:
    30
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    H/505/4863
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    Using and Communicating Data

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    30
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    J/505/4872
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    Using Probability

    Learners may choose 1 unit from this group.

    Using Probability

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    20
    Credits:
    2
    Unit No:
    A/505/4870
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    Using Size and Shape

    Learners may choose 1 unit from this group.

    Using Size, Shape and Measures

    Level:
    Entry Level 3
    Guided Learning Hours:
    30
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    M/505/4865
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    Using Size, Shape and Space

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    30
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    L/505/4890
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    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.

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