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Year 12


Below each of the assignments for year 12 are listed together with a PDF link to their original assignment from OCR.

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Unit 1 - Preparing to work in the performing arts sector

Covers: Understanding the performing arts sector, know the organisations and roles in the performing arts industry, understanding progression and opportunities in the performing arts sector, be able to produce strategies for sustaining a freelance career. 

Introduction: The performing arts industry is a large and complex business. As well as playing a part in the cultural life of a country, it has significant economic benefits and impacts on the lives of most people; this could be when they watch a performance, play a CD or send their children to dance classes. It is hugely diverse and embraces many different art forms, jobs and types of organisations.

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.

The unit will give you strategies, attitudes and survival skills for sustaining a career in the performing arts industry. 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. It will also give you an understanding of the expectations of potential employers so that you can maximise your chances of getting work in a fiercely competitive environment.

 The aim of the unit is to equip you with the knowledge and understanding of the wider business context for your chosen career route; this will be in the preparation of focused application materials and in recognising the organisations that will have an impact on that route. You will also explore the logistical and financial constraints that have an impact on the sector and, therefore, your place in it.


Assessment: Portfolio of 1500-2000 words plus a filmed pitch and a technical audition piece based on pre-release material. 



Unit 2 - Proposal for a commissioning brief

Covers: Understanding the key features of projects, be able to plan and develop a project from a commissioning brief, know how to write a final proposal for a project. 

Introduction: Working as a community artist can be both challenging and highly rewarding and community groups of all ages, abilities and cultural backgrounds have benefited from working with committed and creative young artists. This unit will equip you with the range of skills to be able to set out proposals as a response to a given brief and then set up and pilot performances and/or workshops. It will also provide you with a set of transferable skills that will underpin freelance work in your chosen artistic field.

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. You will develop knowledge and understanding of administration and planning as well as the appropriate creative skills and techniques applicable to a project, learning how to monitor development and pilot practical elements in a way that will support the potential project and put contingency in place.

 The unit involves developing a project proposal that responds to a given brief. There is not an obligation to carry the project through to a full realisation with the community group, but you will need to deliver a final proposal and you may work on simulations, pilots and internal workshops. However, throughout the progress of the project you will need to assume a realisation of the project to give it purpose and to make your proposal credible and realistic.

Assessment: 1500-2000 words for a proposal for a commissioning brief based on pre-release material.



Unit 3 - Influential Performance Practice

Covers: Historical context of performance material, Understanding the work of practitioners, demonstrating practical ideas, present and evaluate research findings. 

Introduction: This unit will give you the framework that will stay with you for your entire career, placing yourself in the optimum position for employment and further training and provide the attitude and professional perspective to build a firm foundation in the changing and dynamic working environment that is the Performing Arts.

You will learn about genres, styles and periods, social, cultural and historical influences and significant theatrical/performance developments and practitioners. To help understand the demands of performing a piece of repertoire, you will need to be familiar with the context in which the piece was created and the stylistic conventions of the style or genre into which the piece fits. You will become familiar with a range of different styles and periods, e.g. Classical, Modern and Postmodern, within their social, cultural and historical contexts and will be able to select, adapt and apply elements of your research into your performance concept and practical performance.

In addition to learning about performance contexts, you will also develop research skills. These will enable you to access a wide range of resources through which you will be able to explore contexts, periods, styles, conventions and methodologies relating to production/performance. You will experience being able to select, organise and analyse the material you access, enabling you to present a reasoned argument and, in turn adapt and apply this knowledge into your own performance practice, directorial concept, choreographic concept or presentation concept, dependent on the discipline being studied.

The build-up across this unit will demonstrate an exciting journey that culminates in a practical performance and evaluative task that will be able to assist your future engagement in the arts.

Assessment: 1000-1500 words plus a filmed practical demonstration based on pre-release information. 


Unit 4 - Combined Arts 


Unit 5 - Independent research project.