Performing Arts (4880)

We are not planning to develop a new GCSE Performing Arts qualification under government changes to GCSEs.

The last exams for students taking the current qualification will be in the June 2017 series and there will be no further re-sit opportunity.

As an alternative, you may like to consider our new GCSEs in Dance and Drama, which we are planning to develop for first teaching in September 2016.

We are also developing a Level 1/2 Technical Award in Performing Arts (equivalent to a single GCSE) for first teaching in 2017. Sign up for updates, or find out more about the changes to GCSEs and which qualifications we are planning to offer in the future.

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GCSE Performing Arts helps students develop both new and existing skills in a range of performance disciplines.

This specification offers students the opportunity to specialise in one or more of the performing arts disciplines including; acting, singing, dance, music, music technology, DJ'ing, lighting, sound, set design, costume design, properties, masks, puppets, make-up, stage management, front of house, marketing and publicity.

We offer a 2-unit Single Award GCSE and a 4-unit Double Award GCSE through this specification. This course is an appropriate foundation for progression in performing arts, theatre studies and generic subjects such as dance and drama. It also provides a foundation for design work in set, costume and props and technical elements such as lighting and sound.

Related specifications

There is a choice of specifications for this subject. Please check with your teacher or exams officer if you are not sure which to select.


Amended due to Changes to GCSEs. Short courses are no longer included in performance table headline measures.

Codes and references

Qualification type GCSE
Specification title Performing Arts
Specification code 4880
Certification code 4882
QAN codes 50044047

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