The first year of the course is divided into three units; which allows students to explore their performance skills in a chosen discipline- music, singing, drama, or dance. The course is delivered practically and supported with portfolio work; which leads to a final live performance shown to a visiting examiner.

The second year is also three units; which explore employment opportunities in the performing arts, advanced performance techniques and a live production performance.

About the course

Course Introduction

2 Year A- Level Course

This course will give students an understanding of all aspects of the performing arts but allows you to specialise in one skill/area. Students will gain an insight into the nature of the industry, employment opportunities and the issues facing professionals working in the performing arts sector. The course encourages talent by offering a practical approach with no written exams. Assessment is 100% through portfolio work and performance.

Award Body


Course Suitable For

Students who have a passion for music, performance and who wish to develop these skills further. Students should be comfortable with performing regularly to live audiences and be dedicated to consistently improving their practice routine.

Preferable Entry Requirements

GCSE Grade C Performing Arts, Music or Drama.

Ability to perform on at least 1 instrument/voice to a Grade 5 standard.

Why Study?

A Level performing arts will not only develop student’s ability to perform in their chosen discipline but will also develop their confidence and ensemble skills. It will also give students an insight into the performing arts industry.

Progression Opportunities

This A-Level qualifies for UCAS points and will give a wide range of options for further study, training or relevant employment.

Students who successfully complete the qualification will be well equipped to move onto degrees or BTEC Higher National Diplomas in Performing Arts.

Why Grace Academy?

Free weekly instrumental lessons and a wide range of extra-curricular activities to support development; along with support and guidance. Excellent performance facilities and technical equipment.


Year 1

Unit 1 – Exploring Skills for Performance – Internally Assessed

Choose a performance skill to develop and create a portfolio of evidence showing how this skill has developed over time.

Unit 2 – Planning for an Event – Internally Assessed

Allows students to investigate the process followed for planning and performing a live music event; creating a report and action plan detailing the event.

Unit 3 – Performing to a Commission – Externally Assessed

Students will prepare a performance as part of a group, based on a theme given by the exam board. Students will perform to a live audience and a visiting examiner.

Year 2

Unit 4 – Employment Opportunities in the Performing Arts – Internally Assessed

Throughout this unit students will create a report which outlines the employment opportunities within the performing arts industry; including descriptions of jobs from three sectors- performance, technical and administration.

Unit 5 – Advanced Performance Practice – Explores your performance skills and focusing on one discipline, prepare a live performance as part of a group and provide evidence of the research and preparation undertook to support the performance.

Unit 6 – Production Delivery – Externally Assessed

Students will work as a group to deliver a live performance, based on a set brief given by the exam board, taking on not only performance roles but technical and administrative roles too.

Assessment Methods

Units 1, 2, 4 and 5 will be internally assessed; in the form of a portfolio of evidence, written reports and recorded evidence of performances.

Units 3 and 6 will be externally assessed by a visiting examiner.

Support Provided

Our Teaching and Learning Strategy is at the core of our approach to students and their learning. We aim to provide a learning community where students achieve excellence and achievement is celebrated.

You will need to monitor your own progress, become self-critical and to think about how you can improve. We will expect you to work hard and productively. Being present in the academy for as long as it is necessary for you to meet your targets and succeed in your learning.

Course Application

Contact the Post 16 Manager on 0121 329 4630 or email on juliebaker@graceacademy.org.uk.

Register your interest in your chosen courses and an application form will be sent out to you. All applicants are interviewed and conditional offers are made subject suitability of course.

Please note all courses on offer are subject to the minimum uptake for viability.