Students will be introduced to Performing Arts and Drama throughout years 7 and 8 through Drama Club. Where students will be able to develop their devising, performing and directing skills through a variety of challenging and enjoyable projects. This gives students the foundation skills in which to enable them to continue into years 9, 10 and 11 to complete BTEC Tech Award in Performing Arts.
Years 9, 10 & 11
What will I study?
You will follow the Edexcel BTEC TECH AWARD course of study. This course comprises of 3 Components and is the same equivalence to 1 full GCSE grade 9-5:
- Exploring the performing arts – This is a practical exploration and study of major theatre practitioners and styles of theatre. Students must explore and develop an understanding of how performers, directors and designers influence performance style, design elements and staging, to communicate meaning to an audience.
- Developing Skills and Techniques in the Performing Arts – Students learn the importance of interrelationships of performing artists - managing and directing skills used by a choreographer, artistic director, casting director or musical director. You will also study a range of different pieces of repertoire of various genres and styles to enable you to develop your own skills including movement, voice, and characterisation.
- Responding to a brief – Create and develop a devised piece from a stimulus (provided by the exam board). You will stage a performance of this devised piece to a live audience. Through the use of an on-going rehearsal log, you will analyse and evaluate the devising process and performance and complete a 3 hour written controlled assessment.
What will I learn?
You will learn how to:
- Apply knowledge and understanding when making, performing and responding to drama.
- Explore performance texts, understanding their social, cultural and historical context including the theatrical conventions of the period in which they were created.
- Develop a range of theatrical skills and apply them to create performances.
- Work collaboratively to generate, develop and communicate ideas.
- Develop as creative, effective, independent and reflective students and be able to make informed choices in process and performance.
- Contribute as an individual to a theatrical performance.
- Reflect on and evaluate your own work and that of others.
- Develop an awareness and understanding of the roles and processes undertaken in contemporary professional theatre practice.
- Adopt safe working practices.
How will I be assessed?
- Component 1 - Exploring the performing arts – This is a practical exploration and study of major theatre practitioners and styles of theatre. You will be assessed during rehearsals, where your teacher will provide written observation and feedback as evidence of your achieved grade. You will also be required to keep a regular rehearsal diary, which will provide evidence for assessment.
- Component 2 - Developing Skills and Techniques in the Performing Arts – You will be assessed for performance work and how you apply the relevant styles of theatre to your work. You will be assessed during rehearsals, where your teacher will provide written observation and feedback as evidence of your achieved grade. You will also be required to keep a regular rehearsal diary, which will provide evidence for assessment.
- Component 3 - Responding to a brief – This is group based examination and you will be assessed upon your contribution to the entire process as well as your final performance. Your teacher will also film rehearsals and will offer assessment feedback. You are also given 3 hours to complete major ‘milestone moments’ that you and your group encountered during the process – based upon your rehearsal logbook.
Key Stage 5
What will I study?
You will undertake a Level 3 BTEC Extended Certificate in Performing arts, which is the equivalent to 1 A-Level. You will also receive the equivalent UCAS points as an A-level. You will study 4 units of which, 3 are mandatory and 2 are external. Mandatory content (83%). External assessment (58%).
Unit 1 – Investigating Practitioners work – You will study key practitioners and their influence upon theatre practice. Unit 2 – Developing skills and techniques for live performance – for this unit, you will study a wide range of styles of theatre and how to apply them for live performance. Unit 3 – Group performance workshop – is the final unit you will study, in which you and your fellow cast will produce and stage a large scale production for a public audience. Your optional unit will be selected based upon the groups’ strengths and preferences, and you may choose from acting styles, Improvisation, theatre in the community, musical theatre and many more.
What skills will I develop?
The BTEC level 3 Extended Certificate will develop your practical performance skills, as an actor on stage, your roles and responsibilities as member of a theatre company and how to interpret a range of repertoire and practitioners. This qualification will be an excellent foundation for higher education.
How will I be assessed?
4 units - of which, 3 are mandatory and 2 are external. Mandatory content (83%). External assessment (58%).
Unit 1 – Investigating Practitioners work – Externally assessed.
Unit 2 – Developing skills and techniques for live performance – Internally assessed.
Unit 3 – Group performance workshop – Externally assessed.
Optional unit – Internally assessed.
If you require any further information then please do not hesitate to contact Mr Hughes.