What is the purpose of this qualification?
This qualification is suitable if you need an extended, level 2 performing arts course. It will be of specific relevance to:
• Young people aged 16 and over, interested in a career in the performing arts, but not yet sure of the precise area of the industry in which they would like to work and who intend, but are not yet ready, to access level 3 qualifications or an advanced apprenticeship
• Young people and adults, 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 an extended grounding in the subject and an opportunity to develop more general workplace skills before identifying the most suitable job roles and applying for work.
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. The learner 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. The learners should take the Extended Certificate if, before progressing to employment (with further training where possible), to a level 3 Apprenticeship or to a Level 3 qualification, they need a more extended introduction to the sector, including the opportunity to build up a range of skills and knowledge relevant to a number of potential job roles in the sector, as well as more generic workplace skills.
Which sector does this qualification support?
The learners 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. 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 learners 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.