Drama, music, and performing arts

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The confidence and communication skills developed from drama, music and the performing arts can be useful in a wide range of occupational areas including catering and hospitality, retail sales and customer services, broadcast media and the performing arts, marketing, sales and advertising and leisure, sport and tourism.

Applied and job-related learning

There is a range of vocational qualifications (such as BTECs, NVQ/SVQs, and diplomas) linked to an interest in performing arts, such as:

  • music
  • music technology
  • performing arts
  • media
  • dance


There is a range of apprenticeships that link to an interest in performing arts, including:

  • recording engineer
  • community arts administrator
  • music publishing assistant
  • theatre technician
  • exercise instructor
  • playworker
  • radio broadcast assistant

Academic subjects – such as A levels   

  • You can study music, performance studies, music technology, dance and drama, performing arts, theatre studies.
  • Related subjects include production arts, film studies, psychology, philosophy, English, English literature, media studies.