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The creative arts; music, drama and art, provide an excellent vehicle to stimulate students creativity and imagination. Through performance and achievement, students are supported to develop their self-esteem, self-confidence and social skills.

The course enables students to develop their communication skills: listening and responding, discussing, making decisions/choices, and listening to and following instructions/directions are all explored using interpreting signing, as well as speech, enabling all students to express their feelings.

Through participation in whole class, small group, paired and individual work students experience different kinds of music, art and craft, as well as live performance. And many go on to acquire performance skills – playing instruments, dancing, miming, acting and singing, thus extending their knowledge of musical and dramatic terms and developing fine motor skills in relation to playing instruments.

All students achieve accreditation for their progression and achievement through a variety of awarding bodies.

Engaging students in these constructive and meaningful activities of personal choice helps them to develop a variety of underlying skills, as they use the activities as a vehicle to improve all their basic and essential skills for life.

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Assessment methods

Assessment is by observation and weekly evaluations of each session by the tutor and student, along with a grading system with subject specific targets for Communication, Behaviour, Independence and creative arts skills.

Functional skills Embedding

Each student works on individual core targets derived from a diagnostic assessment to calculate the appropriate level of learning

required. In Creative arts, learners are given tasks within the session to encourage the embedding of Literacy, Numeracy and ICT by looking at the following:


  • Speaking, listening, communicating
  • Listening to & following instructions
  • Making choices; giving ideas
  • Reading and writing


  • Shape, position, sorting, matching and sequencing
  • ICT: Using ICT- computers, CD players and electronic instruments
  • Researching, planning

Programme Subject Areas

  1. Music of different styles, eras, and from other countries
  2. Playing & making musical instruments
  3. Warm-up & cool down exercises
  4. Role-play, mime, improvisation, story telling
  5. Singing & dancing
  6. All types of art & craft using 2D & 3D media
  7. Music & relaxation