Leeds West Academy

Drama Year 7 next steps curriculum

Music Year 7 next steps curriculum

Courses in PA

Key Stage 4

  • PA BTEC(Award)
  • NCFE Performance Studies(Music)
  • GCSE Dance(AQA)
  • GCSE Drama(OCR)
  • GCSE Music(Edexcel)

Key Stage 5

  • A Level Music(Edexcel)
  • A Level Dance(AQA)
  • A Level Drama(Edexcel)
  • BTEC Level 3 in Performing Arts
  • BTEC Level 3 in Music

Term By Term Schemes of Work


Music - KS4


Dance - KS3


Dance - KS4

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For further information on the curriculum offered please contact the Academy F.A.O Alison Cant (Head of Performing Arts)

Link to whole curriculum overview >>

Performing Arts

Performing Arts is where you can nurture your creative talents and be pushed to reach the highest standards in dance, drama or music. Whether as a performer, creator or technician, our dual specialism is the launchpad to your career in the performing arts industry.

You will be successful in this area team as we have a fantastic record of high achievement in all of the three disciplines. It is also a field in which you can develop confidence to express yourself as a unique individual with the support of highly trained teachers, some of whom have worked as professional dancers, actors or musicians themselves.

Embrace many opportunities to develop new skills and to perfect talents in and out of curriculum time. Learn how to programme an industry standard lighting desk or dance as part of a touring company; become a fantastic solo singer or get a band together; perform in a cutting edge theatre, or learn from professional artists; travel to see live drama and dance productions or fly a trapeze. Whatever you do, throw yourself into lessons with this team and just have fun!

We have a huge range of courses to suit every learner from vocational learning to GCSEs and A-Levels. Students can gain points at all three key stages; they are guided into courses which best suit their learning style and it is the expectation that all students will soar to success. Performing Arts has the best track record of achievement in examinations and we do this by respecting every learner and every learner’s aspirations in performance.


PA @LWA Sixth Form

Strong tradition and deserved excellent reputation for Performing Arts

Eight different courses offered: A-levels in Music, Dance, and Drama and Theatre Studies; level 3 BTECs in Performing Arts, Music, Production Arts: Costume, Production Arts: Stage Management, and Production Arts: Set Design and Construction

Excellent progression rates onto Performing Arts degrees, with students gaining places at highly regarded conservatoires and colleges such as the world renown LIPA

Wide range of both academic and vocational performing and production arts courses available, providing the ultimate preparation for all aspects of performance including production, promotion, performing and back-stage
ALPS “excellent” rating for Performing Arts and Production Arts courses – top 25% of providers nationally

Benefit from first rate teaching from highly skilled, committed professionals

Recent LWA sixth form students proceeding to lead TV roles include Danny Breeze (BBC’s In The Club) and Charlie May Clark (Channel 4’s No Offence, BBC’s South Riding and ITV’s Just Henry)

Constant opportunities to take part in all aspects of academy productions; from making the set and costumes, through directing, choreographing and promoting, to performing and running the technical side of shows – check out the next major academy production of The Lion King in March