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Key Facts

Level:
Level 2
Subject Sector:
9.1 Performing Arts
Credits:
39
Qualification No:
601/0443/0
GLH:
292 hours
Total qualification time:
390 hours
Price:
£126.50 per learner
Age Range:
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 a total of 39 credits. They must complete the two mandatory units in Group M (Mandatory), totalling 6 credits. In addition, they must complete a minimum of 23 credits from Group O1 (Optional units - Performing Arts) and 10 further credits from either Group O1 or O2 (Optional units – Employability Skills, English and Maths). At least 25 credits must be at Level 2. Learners cannot include more than one unit with the same or similar title.


    Units

    Mandatory

    Learners must complete 6 credits from this group.

    Rehearsal Skills

    Level:
    Level 2
    Guided Learning Hours:
    24
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    T/505/3376
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    Working in the Performing Arts

    Level:
    Level 2
    Guided Learning Hours:
    24
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    Y/505/3385
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    Optional units: Performing Arts

    Learners must complete a minimum of 23 credits from this group.

    Acting Skills

    Learners may choose 1 unit from this group.

    Acting Skills

    Level:
    Level 2
    Guided Learning Hours:
    24
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    T/505/3362
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    Backstage Theatre Skills

    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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    Dance Skills

    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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    Develop Varied Dance Pieces

    Learners may choose 1 unit from this group.

    Develop Varied Dance Pieces

    Level:
    Level 2
    Guided Learning Hours:
    24
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    F/505/3364
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    Devising Drama

    Learners may choose 1 unit from this group.

    Devising Drama

    Level:
    Level 2
    Guided Learning Hours:
    24
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    M/504/7138
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    Drama and Theatre 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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    Group Devised Drama Project

    Learners may choose 1 unit from this group.

    Improvisation and Performance Skills

    Learners may choose 1 unit from this group.

    Improvisation and Performance Skills

    Level:
    Level 2
    Guided Learning Hours:
    24
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    J/505/3365
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    Making Dance

    Learners may choose 1 unit from this group.

    Making Dance

    Level:
    Level 2
    Guided Learning Hours:
    24
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    L/505/3366
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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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    Multi-Track Audio Recording

    Learners may choose 1 unit from this group.

    Multi-Track Audio Recording

    Level:
    Level 2
    Guided Learning Hours:
    24
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    R/505/3367
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    Music for Performance

    Learners may choose 1 unit from this group.

    Music for Performance

    Level:
    Level 2
    Guided Learning Hours:
    24
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    H/504/4737
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    Music Marketing and Promotion

    Learners may choose 1 unit from this group.

    Music Marketing and Promotion

    Level:
    Level 2
    Guided Learning Hours:
    24
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    R/505/3370
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    Music Production and Remixing Techniques

    Learners may choose 1 unit from this group.

    Music Production and Remixing Techniques

    Level:
    Level 2
    Guided Learning Hours:
    32
    Credits:
    4
    Unit No:
    Y/505/3371
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    Music Sequencing and Production

    Learners may choose 1 unit from this group.

    Music Sequencing and Production

    Level:
    Level 2
    Guided Learning Hours:
    48
    Credits:
    6
    Unit No:
    D/505/3372
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    Music Skills for Solo Performance

    Learners may choose 1 unit from this group.

    Music Skills for Solo Performance

    Level:
    Level 2
    Guided Learning Hours:
    48
    Credits:
    6
    Unit No:
    H/505/3373
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    Musical Theatre Performance

    Learners may choose 1 unit from this group.

    Musical Theatre Performance

    Level:
    Level 2
    Guided Learning Hours:
    24
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    K/505/3374
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    Performing Arts Business

    Learners may choose 1 unit from this group.

    Performing Arts Business

    Level:
    Level 3
    Guided Learning Hours:
    35
    Credits:
    5
    Unit No:
    M/505/3375
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    Performing in a Production

    Learners may choose 1 unit from this group.

    Performing in a Production

    Level:
    Level 2
    Guided Learning Hours:
    24
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    D/505/3498
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    Plan, Lead and Evaluate a Series of Dance Sessions

    Learners may choose 1 unit from this group.

    Plan, Lead and Evaluate a Series of Dance Sessions

    Level:
    Level 2
    Guided Learning Hours:
    24
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    H/505/3499
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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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    Song Writing Skills

    Learners may choose 1 unit from this group.

    Song Writing Skills

    Level:
    Level 2
    Guided Learning Hours:
    24
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    A/505/3377
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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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    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
    Click here to view full unit details

    Sound and Music Production

    Level:
    Level 2
    Guided Learning Hours:
    24
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    F/505/3378
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    Sound Effect Techniques for Music Production

    Learners may choose 1 unit from this group.

    Sound Effect Techniques for Music Production

    Level:
    Level 2
    Guided Learning Hours:
    24
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    J/505/3379
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    Sound Production and Recording

    Learners may choose 1 unit from this group.

    Sound Production and Recording

    Level:
    Level 2
    Guided Learning Hours:
    24
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    A/505/3380
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    Using DJ Skills

    Learners may choose 1 unit from this group.

    Using DJ Skills

    Level:
    Level 2
    Guided Learning Hours:
    32
    Credits:
    4
    Unit No:
    Y/505/3497
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    Optional units: Employability Skills, English and Maths

    Learners may take up to 10 credits from group O2a, O2b and O2c.

    Employability Skills

    Learners may take up to 10 credits from group O2a, O2b and O2c.

    Applying for a Job

    Level:
    Level 2
    Guided Learning Hours:
    16
    Credits:
    2
    Unit No:
    H/617/4060
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    Career Planning

    Level:
    Level 2
    Guided Learning Hours:
    24
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    F/617/4065
    Click here to view full unit details

    Communication Skills for Work

    Level:
    Level 2
    Guided Learning Hours:
    24
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    R/617/4085
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    Customer service skills

    Level:
    Level 2
    Guided Learning Hours:
    16
    Credits:
    2
    Unit No:
    T/617/4077
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    Digital Skills for Work

    Level:
    Level 2
    Guided Learning Hours:
    24
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    K/617/4156
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    Exploring Entrepreneurship

    Level:
    Level 2
    Guided Learning Hours:
    16
    Credits:
    2
    Unit No:
    K/617/4092
    Click here to view full unit details

    Exploring and Presenting Enterprise Ideas

    Level:
    Level 2
    Guided Learning Hours:
    24
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    K/617/4089
    Click here to view full unit details

    Health and Safety in the Workplace

    Level:
    Level 2
    Guided Learning Hours:
    20
    Credits:
    2
    Unit No:
    F/617/4096
    Click here to view full unit details

    Interview Skills

    Level:
    Level 2
    Guided Learning Hours:
    24
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    J/617/4097
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    Introduction to Self-Employment

    Level:
    Level 2
    Guided Learning Hours:
    24
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    A/617/4100
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    Leadership Skills

    Level:
    Level 2
    Guided Learning Hours:
    16
    Credits:
    2
    Unit No:
    M/617/4109
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    Making the most of work placement

    Level:
    Level 2
    Guided Learning Hours:
    24
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    Y/617/4105
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    Negotiation Skills

    Level:
    Level 2
    Guided Learning Hours:
    24
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    D/617/4106
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    Numeracy Skills for Work

    Level:
    Level 2
    Guided Learning Hours:
    24
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    J/617/4147
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    Searching for a Job

    Level:
    Level 2
    Guided Learning Hours:
    16
    Credits:
    2
    Unit No:
    F/617/4129
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    Self-Management Skills for Work

    Level:
    Level 2
    Guided Learning Hours:
    16
    Credits:
    2
    Unit No:
    F/617/4132
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    Setting and Meeting Work-Related Targets

    Level:
    Level 2
    Guided Learning Hours:
    16
    Credits:
    2
    Unit No:
    R/617/4135
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    Skills for Creative Thinkers

    Level:
    Level 2
    Guided Learning Hours:
    15
    Credits:
    2
    Unit No:
    D/504/6261
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    Skills for Effective Participants

    Level:
    Level 2
    Guided Learning Hours:
    15
    Credits:
    2
    Unit No:
    A/504/7627
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    Skills for Independent Enquirers

    Level:
    Level 2
    Guided Learning Hours:
    15
    Credits:
    2
    Unit No:
    Y/504/6257
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    Skills for Reflective Learners

    Level:
    Level 2
    Guided Learning Hours:
    15
    Credits:
    2
    Unit No:
    M/504/6913
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    Solving Work-Related Problems

    Level:
    Level 2
    Guided Learning Hours:
    16
    Credits:
    2
    Unit No:
    H/617/4141
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    Time Management

    Level:
    Level 2
    Guided Learning Hours:
    20
    Credits:
    2
    Unit No:
    T/617/4144
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    Working in a Team

    Level:
    Level 2
    Guided Learning Hours:
    24
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    J/617/4150
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    Working with Colleagues

    Level:
    Level 2
    Guided Learning Hours:
    16
    Credits:
    2
    Unit No:
    Y/617/4153
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    English

    Learners may take up to 10 credits from group O2a, O2b and O2c.

    Engage in Discussion

    Learners may choose 1 unit from this group.

    Engage in Discussion

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    20
    Credits:
    2
    Unit No:
    Y/505/6321
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    Engage in Discussion

    Level:
    Level 2
    Guided Learning Hours:
    20
    Credits:
    2
    Unit No:
    H/505/4149
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    Listen and Respond

    Learners may choose 1 unit from this group.

    Listen and Respond

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    20
    Credits:
    2
    Unit No:
    D/505/6319
    Click here to view full unit details

    Listen and Respond

    Level:
    Level 2
    Guided Learning Hours:
    20
    Credits:
    2
    Unit No:
    M/505/4137
    Click here to view full unit details
    Read for Information

    Learners may choose 1 unit from this group.

    Read for Information

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    30
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    L/505/4131
    Click here to view full unit details

    Read for Information

    Level:
    Level 2
    Guided Learning Hours:
    30
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    K/505/6324
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    Read for Purpose and Meaning

    Learners may choose 1 unit from this group.

    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

    Read for Purpose and Meaning

    Level:
    Level 2
    Guided Learning Hours:
    30
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    H/505/6323
    Click here to view full unit details
    Speak to Communicate

    Learners may choose 1 unit from this group.

    Speak to Communicate

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    20
    Credits:
    2
    Unit No:
    R/505/6320
    Click here to view full unit details

    Speak to Communicate

    Level:
    Level 2
    Guided Learning Hours:
    20
    Credits:
    2
    Unit No:
    J/505/4144
    Click here to view full unit details
    Write Accurately

    Learners may choose 1 unit from this group.

    Write Fluently and Accurately

    Level:
    Level 2
    Guided Learning Hours:
    30
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    T/505/6326
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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:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    30
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    D/505/6322
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    Write to Communicate

    Level:
    Level 2
    Guided Learning Hours:
    30
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    M/505/6325
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    Maths

    Learners may take up to 10 credits from group O2a, O2b and O2c.

    Making Calculations

    Learners may choose 1 unit from this group.

    Making Calculations

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    30
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    F/505/4868
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    Making Calculations

    Level:
    Level 2
    Guided Learning Hours:
    30
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    Y/505/4875
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    Money, Time and Temperature

    Learners may choose 1 unit from this group.

    Money, Time and Temperature

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    30
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    M/505/4882
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    Money, Time and Temperature

    Level:
    Level 2
    Guided Learning Hours:
    30
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    D/505/4876
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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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    Numbers, Decimals, Fractions and Percentages

    Level:
    Level 2
    Guided Learning Hours:
    30
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    H/505/4877
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    Numerical Relationships, Algebra and Ratios

    Learners may choose 1 unit from this group.

    Numerical Relationships, Algebra and Ratio

    Level:
    Level 2
    Guided Learning Hours:
    20
    Credits:
    2
    Unit No:
    K/505/4878
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    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:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    30
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    J/505/4872
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    Using and Communicating Data

    Level:
    Level 2
    Guided Learning Hours:
    30
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    M/505/4879
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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 Probability

    Level:
    Level 2
    Guided Learning Hours:
    20
    Credits:
    2
    Unit No:
    H/505/4880
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    Using Size and Shape

    Learners may choose 1 unit from this group.

    Using Size, Shape and Space

    Level:
    Level 1
    Guided Learning Hours:
    30
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    L/505/4890
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    Using Size, Shape and Space

    Level:
    Level 2
    Guided Learning Hours:
    30
    Credits:
    3
    Unit No:
    K/505/4881
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    What is the purpose of this qualification?

    This qualification is suitable if you need a comprehensive level 2 Performing Arts course. It will be of specific relevance to:

    • Young people, aged 16 and over, who are aspiring to a career in the performing arts but are not yet sure in which precise area, and who intend to access level 3 qualifications or a level 3 apprenticeship but need a fairly extensive learning programme at level 2 before they will be ready to do so
    • People aged 16 and over, usually with prior attainment at level 1 and below, including those who have had a significant break from or disjointed experience of education, who wish to work in the performing arts but need a comprehensive grounding in the subject and an opportunity to develop more general workplace skills over an extended period before identifying the most appropriate job roles and applying for work.


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

    This qualification provides you with a comprehensive, introductory set of knowledge and skills, relevant to performing arts. You must take the two mandatory units:

    • Working in the Performing Arts
    • Rehearsal 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) including those for self-employment.


    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 Diploma if, before progressing to a level 3 Apprenticeship or to a Level 3 qualification, or to employment (with further training where possible), you need a comprehensive 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 if you who would benefit from an extended period of time working at level 2, up to 2 years, before progressing to employment or to a level 3 qualification or apprenticeship.


    Which sector does this qualification support?

    The learner could progress from this qualification to a performance role or an entry-level position, such as a recording, production or marketing assistant or member of a venue or stage crew. And the learner could also progress to an Advanced apprenticeship in a job role such as community arts administrator, producer, events or entertainment officer, or backstage manager.


    What are the progression options?

    The learner can progress to a Level 3 certificate or diploma in performing arts, Access to Higher Education Diploma in Performing Arts, or to an Intermediate or Advanced Apprenticeship, for example in Technical Theatre Support or Community Arts.


    Progression & Entry Requirements

    The learners do not need any prior qualifications or a specific level of attainment to take this qualification. It is available to learners aged 16 and above.

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