Performing Arts

Course Overview

This is a two-year vocational course, equivalent to one A Level, for students interested in acting and performance. The course combines both practical and theoretical approaches to drama and students will explore a range of plays, acting styles and techniques through workshops and performances. You will see professional theatre productions and attend workshops run by professional artists. The course is designed to equip students with the necessary skills to continue on to higher education.

Entry Requirements

A minimum of five GCSEs at grade 4 or above including English.
There will also be an audition.


Students have auditioned for Frantic Assembly and the Birmingham Repertory Theatre in the past. 

Course Outline

Activities vary from year to year but generally involve trips out to the theatre or to workshops plus in-house visits from professional or experienced artistes. Students are advised of local auditions and any chances to perform and supported in their applications to them. Last year’s students toured local schools with their devised children’s theatre piece which was rapturously received. 

Course Components
The course consists of six modules. 

Two Mandatory: 
Performing to an Audience and Principles of Acting
Four other modules generally chosen from: Variety Performance, Auditions for Actors, Theatre for Children, Contemporary Theatre Performance, Classical Theatre Performance, Musical Theatre Performance.

All units are internally assessed and externally verified. Most of the units involve an element of performance combined with research and reflection demonstrated through an actor’s log-book and/or evaluative essay. 

The course is constructed around six assignments which include the assessment and grading criteria of the specification. The evidence for these can be offered in a variety of divergent forms including class presentations, closed or public performances, written or recorded reports, performance observations and time-constrained assessments. 

This course has no externally set exam.

Exam Board
Edexcel and Pearson

Laura-Ann Morgan

"I enjoy doing Performing Arts as it gives me the opportunity to express myself through another character allowing me to portray my creative side in a productive way. This is a great foundation from which to go on to university and study acting full time."

Laura-Ann Morgan

Frequently Asked Questions

How does the college allocate places to students?

All applicants will be invited to attend an admissions interview. An offer of a place to study at Cadbury Sixth Form College is made subject to you meeting the College's standard entry grade requirements.

How much does it cost to study at Cadbury Sixth Form College?

There are no tuition fees for 16-18 year-olds. Students are asked to pay a £25 book deposit when they enrol at the college, however this is returned at the end of the two years of study when all books and resources have been returned to the college. Some subjects will offer field trips which may impose some additional costs, however these costs will be kept to a minimum and these field trips are not compulsory.

When does enrolment take place?

Enrolment takes place from GCSE Results Day. Further details about enrolment and a date/time for your individual appointment will be sent to you in a letter over the summer holiday. Enrolment takes on average 1-2 hours.

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