Active & Creative Arts Faculty Revision

AS and A level Performing Arts

You can find the specification at

  • Click ‘Qualifications’ button
  • Find ‘Applied GCE’ and click
  • Click on ‘Performing Arts’
  • Our qualification at Crickhowell High School is Pearson Edexcel Level 3 Advanced Subsidiary GCE in Performing Arts (Single Award) (8781)

What to Expect:

What to expect in Year 12 PA—

What to expect in Year 13 PA—

The Assessment Objectives for the subject are:


Knowledge and understanding of the performing arts industry.

You will need to demonstrate that you understand the processes and products of the performing arts industry.


Acquisition of skills and techniques

You will need to acquire skills and techniques in specialist areas.


Application of skills and techniques.

You will need to realise what you have learnt and apply your skills and techniques in work-related contexts.


Analysis and evaluation

You will need to analyse and evaluate your own and others’ working practice, performance and ideas.

At Crickhowell High School, we follow the GCSE specification for Performing Arts offered by AQA.

The specification and course support materials are to be found at

Assessment Objectives – Key Stage 4

AO1 – recall, select, use and communicate their knowledge and understanding of performing arts to generate, explore and develop ideas;

  1. Performance – 40% of the marks
  • You will need to keep a portfolio of your progress, your planning, development and evaluation.
  • You will need to prepare planning sheets, draw diagrams, use ICT to record your progress with photos and write up your research, skills development diaries, and evaluate your own and others’ performances.
  • You will need to work independently, as well as carrying out a weekly homework. Develop your own practical skills working as part of a group.

Don’t just describe what you do; always analyse – HOW? WHY? WHAT?

1 What should I put in my portfolio?

  1. Skill development: Skills audit; CV; diaries; write up lessons outside of school; workshops.
  2. Planning and research: Planning diagrams, mind maps, production meeting minutes, rehearsal schedules, research documents.
  3. Practical activities: All notes and diaries of all of your practical work, including photos and diagrams.
  4. CUWRA: Work that shows that you understand how the performing arts industries run, including making sure you adopt professional working practices and that you are influenced by current performers and artists

Evaluation: Writing up your evaluation of your own performances and those of others, including the members of your group and professionals in live and recorded performances.USE THE EXAMPLES OF EXCELLENT PORTFOLIOS IN MRS. MAGUIRE’S ROOM PORTFOLIO SURGERY AND GUIDANCE – EVERY TUESDAY LUNCHTIME IN E4


For WJEC Music a revision guide for the theory/analysis and history aspects of the course is provided. Past papers and practice questions and mark schemes (with sound files) are available on the shared area.

If students would like to buy a good practice aural perception / analysis guide the best one is the CGP GCSE Music guide, which comes complete with CD.


Recommended GCSE PE text books or revision guides:

GCSE PE for WJEC: Student’s Book (Folens GCSE PE) ISBN1850082502
CGP GCSE-Physical-Education-Revision-Guide ISBN 1847623050