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

You will explore and develop technical performance skills in a range of styles leading to numerous practical performance opportunities in our well-equipped performance spaces. Collaborate with other to create devised performance work using all your skills and techniques.  You will also participate in further specialist units which explore and develop further your dance skills.

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 27: Musical Theatre Techniques


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


  • Dance Competition
    Students from Years 7 to 12 can audition to be part of the dance troupe ‘Storm.’ You will compete against other schools in a variety of different genres as part of the national schools competition.

  • 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).

  • 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.

  • 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 – Move It Dance
    Join us on a trip to Move It, one of the biggest dance exhibitions in Europe. You will take part in dance workshops; meet professionals and celebrities from the industry, watch performance work and look at progression opportunities and universities.

  • 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.

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

> Luke Bayer
“I’ve always had a huge passion for performance, and the department at South Craven really pushed me and allowed me to challenge myself. I was given the part of Big Jules in Guy and Dolls in Year 7 and it all went from there; taking part in every school show thereafter. I had the best time at South Craven and always loved my performance classes and the staff.

When I left school, I went on to do a Performance Foundation at SLP College in Leeds. I came back the following year to work as a Performance Teaching Assistant; a role I absolutely loved. It was such fun to work with so many great students and to hopefully inspire them the same way I was during my time at school.

I’m now training in Musical Theatre at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts in London, with the end goal of being a professional performer on the West End. I don’t feel like I would have made it here without the huge amount of support from every single member of the Performance department. The help they gave me was invaluable and I owe a lot to South Craven. I often come back into school to help with workshops and to see the wonderful performance team… and I’m always back for Show in a Week – a time I look forward to every year!”

> Luke Suri
“I moved back to England in 2010 after a seven year stint in Sri Lanka. I always knew that I wanted to be in the Arts and I enrolled at South Craven School solely for their Performing Arts course. After completing my A Levels I fell straight into work, first as a Production Vocalist for Peel Talent followed by a National Theatre Tour of Humpty Dumpty and an International Tour of Aladdin. I also spent ten months as an Entertainments Manager in Cornwall before becoming a member of the Show Company on Fred Olsen Cruise Lines. I’m about to embark on my newest adventure as Show Company Manager on board the MS Boudicca.

The Performing Arts course at South Craven gave me a platform to be myself and allowed me to grow as a performer – which has helped me on the ladder to get where I want to be.”

  • Further Education
    With a qualification in Musical Theatre, you could progress to university
    Potential courses include:
    > Dance
    > Drama
    > Music
    > Musical Theatre
    > Performance Studies

  • Careers
    Potential careers you can go into with a Musical Theatre qualification include:
    > Acting
    > Directing
    > Producing
    > Staging
    > Teaching