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KS4

BTEC Level 2 Tech Award in Performing Arts (Acting)

Exam Board: Pearson
Level: 2

Course Overview

The award gives learners the opportunity to develop sector-specific knowledge and skills in a practical learning environment. The main focus is on four areas of equal importance, which cover the:

  • development of key skills that prove learners’ aptitude in performing arts, such as reproducing repertoire or responding to stimulus
  • process that underpins effective ways of working in the performing arts, such as development of ideas, rehearsal and performance
  • attitudes that are considered most important in the performing arts, including personal management and communication
  • knowledge that underpins effective use of skills, processes and attitudes in the sector, such as roles, responsibilities, performance disciplines and styles.

There are three units that you will study: 

  • Component 1:  Exploring the Performing Arts. Learners will develop their understanding of the performing arts by examining practitioners’ work and the processes used to create performance.
  • Component 2:  Developing Skills and Techniques in the Performing Arts. Learners will develop their performing arts skills and techniques through the reproduction of acting repertoire.
  • Component 3:  Performing to a Brief. This component requires learners to apply performance skills and techniques in response to a brief and stimulus, developing a group workshop performance for a selected audience

Assessment: 33% Examination, 67% Coursework

 

KS5

BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate in Performing Arts (Acting)

Exam Board: Pearson
Level: 3

Course Overview

This covers 4 units over two years (equivalent to one A level). Pupils will perform a range of devised plays and scripted texts to public audiences and become responsible for preparing their work, not only the performance, from start to finish. The course is excellent for pupils going on to university, apprenticeships or jobs and they will develop key skills which are attractive to both universities and employers.

Units covered over the two years are;

Year 1 

Term 1-2: Developing Skills and Techniques for Performance
Term 3-4: Group Performance Workshop
Term 5-6: Investigating Practitioners Work
 

Year 2

Term 1-3: Acting Skills
Term 4-6: Investigating Practitioners Work

Assessment: 25% Exam 75% coursework.

 

Curriculum Content

Year 7

Unit 1: Ernie's Incredible Illucinations
Unit 2: Exploring Scripts
Unit 3: Bringing Stories to Life

Year 8

Unit 1: Curious Incident
Unit 2: Horror
Unit 3: Exploring Scripts

Year 9 BTEC Level 2

Term 1-2: Exploring the Performing Arts
Term 3-4:  Developing Skills and Techniques in the Performing Arts
Term 4-6: Performing to a Brief

Year 10 BTEC Level 2

Term 1-3: Exploring the Performing Arts
Term 4-6: Developing Skills and Techniques in the Performing Arts

Year 11 BTEC Level 2

Term 1: Component 2 - Developing Skills and Techniques in the Performing Arts
Term 2: Component 1 - Exploring the Performing Arts
Term 3: Component 3 - Performing to a Brief
Term 4: Component 3 - Performing to a Brief
Term 5: Component 1 - Exploring the Performing Arts
Term 6: Component 1 - Exploring the Performing Arts
 

Useful Website Links:

The Gulbenkian

The Marlow Theatre

The National Theatre
 

OSL and Extra-Curricular Activities:

  • School Pantomime
  • KS3 Drama Club
  • KS3 and 4 Script Writing Wlub
  • Westlands’ Got Talent
  • Summer School Show
  • Opportunities for sixth form pupils to assist with lower school lessons.
  • Sixth Form Performances