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Transition Year: Creativity

Free from the constraints of exams, Transition Year allows pupils to give free rein to their imagination, with opportunities to express their creativity. Projects allow them to immerse themselves in their favourite art form, whether that’s art and design, film studies, dance, drama or creative writing. And for those who don’t want to get their hands dirty, there are options for studying aesthetics.

Alison’s courses can help students explore their creativity and develop new skills in the areas of music, performance and photography. They can learn how to play an instrument, compose the score for a video game, or put together a playlist fit for a pro DJ. Our courses are ideal for supporting many creative projects and helping pupils put together a portfolio, exhibition or performance that will showcase their learning. An appreciation of taste and beauty is a longstanding benefit of a well-rounded education, with aesthetics having one foot in philosophy and the other in the arts. Transition Year programmes are ideal for opening up this field to pupils who wouldn’t normally pursue an arts course. One does not need to be a skilled draughtsperson to appreciate a work of art, after all.

Some key concepts
  • Awareness and appreciation of visual art, music, dance, drama and photography
  • Building a portfolio
  • Creating audio and video tapes
  • Photography
  • Composition
  • Performance

English in Transition Year offers an opportunity to switch off from exam-focused studies and engage with learning for the pleasure of it. Pupils are encouraged to read for enjoyment, engage with live performances and films, and get involved in writing for fun. They might want to enter a competition, produce a video or radio show, host a debate with another school, give a talk on their pet subject or explore the literature of a period they’re covering in history. As they explore a range of topics, they are also developing their self-directed learning skills. While Alison provides many courses that will help students gen up on topics worth debating, we also cater for those hoping to become the next Jacqueline Wilson, the best-selling author of popular children’s novels.

Suggested Courses


Visual Art

Music Theory

Learn an instrument

Music Composition


Performing and Film Studies

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