Sixth Form Admissions

Open Evenings & Visits

We highly recommend that all prospective students come to an Open Evening. These give you the chance to see our current students perform, meet our staff and find out about the exciting developments to our training facilities that are currently underway. Our next Open Evening is coming up soon. Come and join us:

  • Wednesday 20 November 2019, 6pm

You can reserve your place using the link below. Or, if you can’t join us then, come and see the Sixth Form in action during the day by booking a visit.

You can apply to the Sixth Form using our online application process anytime up to the deadline of Friday 13 December 2019. We encourage you to apply early and we look forward to seeing you soon!

Admissions Overview

Admissions to the Sixth Form are by audition. For entry in September 2020, auditions will be held on the following dates:

  • Monday 24 February 2020
  • Tuesday 25 February 2020
  • Wednesday 26 February 2020

On audition day, all candidates will take part in the following:

  • a written test
  • a group interview with a member of the Sixth Form staff

In addition, each candidate will be required to prepare individual audition pieces. These vary according to the mix of BTECs and A Levels chosen, and are outlined below. You can find out about our learning pathway options here.

BTEC Musical Theatre  Monologues & Drama Workshop Song Jazz Class
BTEC Acting Monologues & Drama Workshop
BTEC Dance Dance Solo Dance Interview Jazz Class
BTEC A Level Dance Solo Dance Interview Jazz Class
A Level Drama Monologues & Drama Workshop
A Level Music Voice / Instrumental

Audition Requirements

All audition pieces must fulfil the requirements outlined below:

Monologues - BTEC Musical Theatre & Acting / A Level Drama
  • one classical monologue from a play – Shakespeare, Marlowe or Webster AND
  • one monologue from a play written post-1990

Each piece should be no longer than one to two minutes and fully memorised. Students should also be prepared to discuss their monologues.

Song - BTEC Musical Theatre
  • one song that must be selected from the list below:

Soprano / Alto

A Little Bit in Love Wonderful Town
Once You Lose Your Heart Me and My Girl
A Quiet Thing Flora the Red Menace
I Know Things Now Into the Woods
Just Beyond the Stars Peter Pan – Styles & Drewe
Spark of Creation Children of Eden
Times Are Hard for Dreamers Amelie
I’m Not Alone Carrie
Before It’s Over Dogfight
Practically Perfect Mary Poppins

Tenor/Baritone

She’s Too Far Above Me Half a Sixpence
Good Thing Going Good Thing Going
What Do I Need With Love Thoroughly Modern Millie
Extraordinary Pippin
Different Honk
I’m Not That Smart Spelling Bee
Lost in the Wilderness Children of Eden
Stranger in This World Taboo
Bye Room Jon and Jen
Stranger Big Fish

Students must use the sheet music provided here.

Voice / Instrumental Pieces - A Level Music
  • two contrasting vocal and/or instrumental pieces in any genre

Performances should be to a minimum of Grade 5 standard or equivalent.

Music should be performed in the original key and copies of the sheet music must be provided.

Candidates will also take part in the following:

  • a music theory task, including reading notes on the treble and bass clef, identifying keys and chords and completing a short score analysis
  • a short interview with the Music Department in which candidates should be ready to talk about their experiences in performing, composing and listening.

Candidates should have gained Grade 5 Theory (or equivalent), or at least Grade 7 at GCSE Music.

Dance Solo – BTEC Dance & A Level Dance

One short solo piece of your own choreography based on one of the following stimuli:

  • IMAGE: Metamorphose by M.C. Escher
  • MUSIC: Qualia: Slippage by Scanner
  • POEM: Between the Wars by Robert Has

Accompaniment can be provided on a mobile phone.

Jazz Class - BTEC Musical Theatre/Dance & A Level Dance

Please ensure that you have comfortable and appropriate clothing with you and that you remove all jewellery for this element of the audition.

Fine Art

Please bring a portfolio of your GCSE work, including a range of work from Years 10 and 11, and ideally some work which you have produced independently.

Photography

Please email a portfolio of images and a short statement as detailed below:

  • 20× photos that you have taken of which you are especially proud. To help us understand the context and location of your work, please save each image using a descriptive title, e.g. Reflection On Pond or Distorted Figure Dancing
  • 20× images that demonstrate how you have been inspired either by a well-known photographer or an exhibition that you have visited. Again, please title each of these images to help us understand the inspiration, e.g. Old Woman Inspired By Arbus or Reflections After Tarkovsky
  • a short statement explaining why you would like to take Photography for A Level and what you hope to gain from the subject. Please save this as a separate Word document using your name as the title

The portfolio and statement should be emailed using a single WeTransfer link a minimum of seven days BEFORE the date of your audition. Please DO NOT send small batches of images.

Candidates who have taken GCSE Photography must have attained Grade 7 or above.

If you have any questions about studying A Level Photography, please do not hesitate to contact the Head of Photography, Greg Beavis at gbeavis@artsed.co.uk.