Performing Arts Cambridge Technical

Course Content

The Cambridge Technical Performing Arts is a vocational course which will provide students with the opportunity, through applied learning, to develop the core specialist knowledge, skills and understanding which are required to work professionally within the performing arts industry. Students will work with performing arts teachers and professional artists. The extended certificate is equivalent to one A-Level. Students must complete a total of 5 units.

Units 1, 2 and 3 are assessed by external assessment and marked by OCR. The remaining units will be internally assessed and externally moderated by OCR.

Unit 1: Prepare to work in the performing arts sector

This unit will give you an understanding of the range and diversity of this industry. You will learn about the jobs and organisations that make up the industry, how it is funded and how companies are supported and regulated. You will learn to self-promote and respond to current employment opportunities as well as learning when and how to adapt to a quickly changing economic landscape.

Unit 2: Proposal for a commissioning brief

You will be given the opportunity to develop a community arts project from a given brief. You will consider your creative skills and preferences and think about how these can be utilised in a way that benefits a community or a defined group of participants who may otherwise have little access to the project’s content.

Unit 3: Influential performance practice

You will learn about genres, styles and periods, social, cultural and historical influences and significant theatrical/performance developments and practitioners. You will become familiar with a range of different styles and periods and will be able to select, adapt and apply elements of your research into your performance concept and practical performance.

Unit 4: Combined arts

You will research into the history of new performance and influential artistic practice. You will study historical and contemporary examples to inspire you to make you own piece of combined art. You will then integrate two or more different art forms or styles of performance into your new reimagined piece of repertoire.

One optional unit from:

• Current issues in performing arts: you will learn how the Performing Arts are influenced by the social and political environment in which they operate and explore practical ways to develop critical thinking skills, and integrate social and political perspectives into your understanding of the Performing Arts Industry.
• Improvisation: you will explore and develop the creative skill of improvisation and understand its place in the development process of performance. It will help you to extend your technical vocabulary and increase your ability to analyse and evaluate.
• Performing repertoire: you will have an opportunity to work within the discipline and demands of a piece of repertoire and be able to put your own mark on the material.


Experience of working in a performing arts subject (Dance, Drama, Music) at Level 2 (GCSE, BTEC or CTEC) and a passion for performing arts either as a performer or technician.

Examination Board: OCR

Qualification: Cambridge Technical Level 3 Extended Certificate in Performing Arts