Curriculum

We understand that different people will have different skills when they join Wac Arts College. That’s why we guide students towards courses, qualifications and career opportunities that match their talents and personal learning style.

Wac Arts College offers an integrated curriculum that promotes transferable skills. In other words, what you learn in creative sessions can be applied in an academic or vocational context too. For instance, the literacy skills you learn in a vocals class are just as valuable as the literacy skills you’d learn in an English lesson.

There are classes in dance, digital arts, animation and web design, art, drama and performance, music technology, photography, physical theatre, video editing, vocals and spoken word, English and mathematics. Qualifications on offer include GCSE, BTEC, NVQ, OCN Units, Arts Awards and Functional Skills.

Beyond that, we offer a wide range of opportunities for personal development including one-on-one instrumental tuition, residential trips to the countryside and access to established Wac Arts programmes such as the degree-equivalent Diploma in Musical Theatre.

Our curriculum offer

Pre-16
This phase has three strands: core, creative and extended.

Core
The core curriculum encompasses English, maths and humanities (all at GCSE level) enabling learners to build the skills and knowledge they need in these crucial areas which may previously have prevented them accessing other learning.

Creative
All students study the six creative arts & media subjects that we offer: dance, digi arts, drama, film, music tech and vocals. This allows them to choose which art forms to specialise in for their post-16 progression.

Learners will develop the skills and knowledge required in experiential discovery based activities and projects. Our tutors have a range of teaching experience and crucially are all expert in their art forms and have had considerable professional experience.

Extended
This strand of the curriculum provides opportunities for development of SMSC & PSCHE as well as supplementing the delivery of the core & creative strands of the curriculum.

Throughout all three strands of the curriculum we will have a keen focus on the personal development of our students helping them tackle the personal challenges our learners have faced and equip them with the mental and emotional toolkit to overcome these challenges in the future.

Post-16
We offer either a performing arts BTEC pathway encompassing dance, drama and vocals OR a media BTEC pathway encompassing digi arts, film and music technology.

All post-16 students without GCSE maths & English at grade C or above will also study English & maths GCSE or functional skills, depending on their level.