Career Links

The Gatsby Benchmarks:

Gatsby Benchmark How we will meet this:
1: A Stable Careers Programme ¨      Annual theatre trips to introduce a vast range of careers through the industry.

¨      Trips to take part in performances within a theatre setting – this enables students to experience specific careers e.g. performer, staging director, lighting director.

2: Learning from Career and Labour Market Information ¨      LIPA attend the careers fairs for Y8 and Y11 Careers Fairs.

¨      During parents evening and options evening, information is provided to students and parents regarding future career opportunities in Drama.

3: Addressing the Needs of Each Pupil ¨      Specific advice and guidance given to students at parents and options evenings.

¨      Year 11 students given advice through Academic Mentors and subject teachers.

4: Linking Curriculum Learning to Careers ¨      In both KS3 and KS4 SOL, references to careers are made and linked to certain topics across the curriculum.

¨      In the GCSE Drama spec studied at KS4, students can opt for designing elements which link directly to design based careers within the Performing Arts industry.

¨      Component 3 exam in year 11 offers questions that ask students to work as a performer, director and a designer. This gives students a real insight into the different career opportunities available in the Performing Arts industry.

5: Encounters with Employers and Employees ¨      LIPA summer school offered to KS4 students through audition, this gives an insight into the careers and opportunities through Performing Arts.

¨      Workshops and Career talks with professional artists.

6: Experiences of Workplaces ¨      Work experience at LIPA and other Performing Arts instititons to encourage students to enter this industry.

¨      Visits to LIPA and the Shakespeare Schools Festival to experience the workplace.

7: Encounters with Further and Higher Education ¨      Workshops in lessons with Y8 by LIPA that includes a discussion of courses available.

¨      Campus visits to Post 16 colleges and universities specific to Drama i.e. Cronton and LIPA

¨      Taster day Drama Workshops at Cronton College

8: Personal Guidance ¨      Auditions, shows and rehearsals which mirrors interviews/auditions in the Drama industry.

¨      Students are able to receive careers advice from subject teachers, academic mentors and careers advisor.


Further and Higher Education:

There are a range of courses available in both higher and further education which allow students to progress into the Dance Industry, including:

  • A Level Drama
  • BTEC Level 3
  • Higher National Diploma
  • BA Hons Degrees
  • Post Graduate and Masters Degrees


Career Links:

There are a wide range of career options available to dance students both inside and outside the industry including:

  • Actor
  • Director
  • Stage Manager
  • Events Management
  • Teaching
  • Teaching Assistant
  • Community Drama
  • Marketing
  • Drama Therapist
  • Journalist
  • Critic
  • Speech Writer
  • Author
  • Playwright
  • Screenplay Writer
  • Festival Co-ordinator
  • Lighting Designer
  • Sound Designer
  • Set Designer
  • Producer
  • Police Officer
  • Box Office
  • Electrician
  • Customer Service
  • Theatre in Education
  • Theatre Company
  • Choreographer
  • Technician
  • Carpenter
  • Fashion Design
  • Costume Designer
  • Wardrobe – Costumes / Wigs
  • Hair / Make Up Artist
  • Media Make Up / SFX
  • Lighting Programmer
  • Cameraman
  • News Reporter
  • Projection Designer
  • Youth Worker