This exciting course will equip you with the fundamental tools that all actors require as performing arts practitioners.  You will investigate and develop knowledge of the work of key acting practitioners which will inform your work and help develop research, critical analysis and extended writing skills. 

Explore and develop technical performance skills in a range of styles leading to numerous practical performance opportunities in our well-equipped performance spaces.  You will collaborate with others to create devised performance work using all your skills and techniques. We also consider spiritual, moral, social, cultural and human values with our work.


> Unit 1: Investigating Practitioners Work
> Unit 2: Developing Skills and Techniques for Live Performance
> Unit 3: Group Performance Workshop
> Unit 19: Acting Styles


How am I assessed? Through a mixture of internally and externally assessed units. Approximately 60% are externally marked.


  • Shakespeare Schools Festival
    Students from all year groups rehearse an abridged Shakespeare play and perform it to a paying audience at a professional theatre alongside three other schools (each having chosen a different play).  Across the country there are around 1500 schools who take part.  After our success with The Tempest, Much Ado about Nothing, Henry V and Titus Andronicus, the play for 2017 will be Othello.

  • School Shows
    You are invited to take part in our school shows, which are performed in December. Previous performances have included We Will Rock You, High School Musical and A Night at the West End (a selection of musical classics).

  • Showcase
    This is an opportunity to show off all your hard work throughout the year.

  • Theatre Visit
    We offer you the opportunity to visit a theatre and see a play. Past examples include The Play That Goes Wrong.

  • Trip to London – West End
    Enjoy a host of activities on our trip to London. In previous years we have taken part in workshops at the Pineapple Dance Studios and visited various theatres to watch famous shows.

  • Professional Workshops
    In the past we have invited Matthew Bourne (artistic director of dance company New Adventures), West End star Damien Poole (Gypsy, Shrek the Musical) and the Northern School of Contemporary Dance to host workshops with us.

Studying subjects together?

  • Diploma: Acting & Dance / Dance & Musical Theatre / Acting & Musical Theatre
    Equivalent to two A Levels, this course will allow you to deepen your Performing Arts knowledge base and skills even further.  Whilst covering the content of our Extended Certificate course, you will gain the specialist knowledge and practical experience of two performing arts disciplines in combination.  You will have the opportunity to explore performance in the community by applying specialist skills and techniques to a community performance project.  You will undertake an individual performance project responding to a special commission and developing an exciting piece of individual performance work in response to your brief.  You will put all your skills together in a final large scale group performance to an invited audience in the Fells Theatre, our largest and most well-equipped performance space.

  • Extended Diploma: Acting, Dance & Musical Theatre
    This course is equivalent to three A Levels and is perfect if you wish to fully commit to a career in the performing arts industry.  You will cover all the content of the Extended Certificate and Diploma course, developing your skills in all three disciplines of performance – acting, dance and musical theatre.  You will develop your skills in all three areas and have many varied opportunities to perform throughout the duration of the course; working on scripts, devising pieces and putting on full scale exciting musical theatre productions in our Fells Theatre in front of an audience.  As a committed performing arts practitioner you will also be equipped with the knowledge of how the performing arts industry works, how organisations function and how to promote yourself to potential employers.  Our Extended Diploma course will also offer you the widest choice of additional units to develop more specialist skills.

Future Paths

  • Alumni

    > Charlotte Darley

“Since leaving South Craven Sixth Form in 2013 I’ve been studying BA Acting for Live and Recorded Media at the Arden School of Theatre in Manchester, and will be graduating in Summer 2017. Whilst at the Arden I’ve had experience working in feature film, TV and theatre.

I’ve performed in Manchester and London, including a Manchester fringe event where I was directed in a new piece of writing by actor John Henshaw. Our final performance is being written especially for our graduating year by stage and TV writer Cathy Crabb.

South Craven School gave me the tools, the inspiration and the motivation to take my acting further. Without the staff and the courses at South Craven I wouldn’t be where I am today.”

> James Rowling

“I left South Craven Sixth Form in 2012 and graduated from Leeds Beckett University in 2015 with a degree in Performance. Since then, I’ve performed nationally and internationally.

I’ve performed alongside well established artists and touring companies, as well as forming my own small company, Stitch Theatre. Our work has sent us as far away as Lisbon and Croatia. I have immersed myself in the worlds of live art, cabaret and theatre, which means I have to be versatile and ready to be challenged by each new project I step into.

Studying Performing Arts at South Craven helped me to think and be creative. It helped me see the world differently and think outside the box. Most importantly, it taught me to celebrate people for their individuality, and to let that fuel our passion – no matter what we went on to do in life.”

Future Paths

  • Further Education
    With a qualification in Acting, you could progress to university.
    Potential courses include:
    > Acting
    > Applied Performance
    > Contemporary Theatre and Performance
    > Drama
    > Drama and Theatre Studies
    > World Theatre

  • Careers
    Potential careers you can go into with an Acting qualification include:
    > Acting
    > Arts Administration
    > Cinematography
    > Directing
    > Drama Therapy
    > Make-Up Artistry
    > Set Design
    > Stage Management