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Drama

Subject Leader: Mrs C Chandler

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

 

Curriculum Content

Year 7

Unit 1: Ernie's Incredible Illucinations

This SOW allows pupils access to the workings of a script, literacy work, reading and looking at the concept of ‘page to stage’. Pupils will also learn valuable skills in movement, voice and characterisation which are vital to progression. Pupils will develop confidence and self-belief which will be transferable to all subjects.

Unit 2: Bringing Stories to Life

This SOW allows pupils to focus on and develop their devising skills, creativity and improve their individual and group work on a more independent basis. Pupils will also learn valuable skills in movement, voice and characterisation which are vital to progression. Pupils will also develop confidence and self-belief which will be transferable to all subjects. Pupils will also explore popular children’s stories from a drama perspective, building on prior, literacy based knowledge.

Unit 3: Exploring Scripts

This SOW allows pupils access to the workings of a script, literacy work, reading and looking at the concept of ‘page to stage’, building on their knowledge from unit 1. Pupils will also learn valuable skills in movement, voice and characterisation which are vital to progression. Pupils will develop confidence and self-belief which will be transferable to all subjects.

Year 8

Unit 1: Our Day Out

Building on Knowledge and skills learned in year 7, this SOW allows pupils access to the workings of a script, literacy work, reading and looking at the concept of ‘page to stage’. Pupils will also learn valuable skills in movement, voice and characterisation which are vital to progression. Pupils will also develop confidence and self-belief which will be transferable to all subjects.

Unit 2: Horror

Building on knowledge and skills learned in year 7, this SOW allows pupils to focus on and develop their devising skills, creativity and improve their individual and group work on a more independent basis. Pupils will also learn valuable skills in movement, voice and characterisation which are vital to progression. Pupils will be able to explore conventions which are used in theatre to create effective theatrical productions. Pupils will also develop confidence and self-belief which will be transferable to all subjects.

Unit 3: Exploring Scripts

Building on Knowledge and skills learned in year 7 and in the first unit of year 8, this SOW allows pupils access to the workings of a script, literacy work, reading and looking at the concept of ‘page to stage’. Pupils will also learn valuable skills in movement, voice and characterisation which are vital to progression. Pupils will also develop confidence and self-belief which will be transferable to all subjects.
 

Year 9 BTEC Level 2

Term 1-2: Exploring Script Styles and Genres

This SOW allows pupils access to the workings of more mature scripts in a variety of styles. This will also include literacy work, reading and looking at the concept of ‘page to stage’. Pupils will also learn valuable skills in movement, voice and characterisation which are vital to progression in the course and towards 60% of their final grade. Pupils will also develop confidence and self-belief which will be transferable to all subjects as well as being vital in the context of Drama.

Term 3-4: Developing Devising and Acting Styles

This SOW allows pupils to focus on and develop their devising skills in a number or different styles. Pupils will develop their creativity and improve their individual and group work on a more independent basis. Pupils will also learn valuable skills in movement, voice and characterisation which are vital to progression in conjunction with practitioners, styles and conventions. Pupils will also develop confidence and self-belief which will be transferable to all subjects. This SOW will form a large learning curve in the maturity and quality of the pupils’ work.

Term 4-6: Group Scripted Performance

This SOW will begin with looking practically in depth at the work of Frantic Assembly and will then allow pupils access to the workings of whole group scripts which mirrors Component 2. This will also include literacy work, reading and building on the concept of ‘page to stage’. Pupils will also develop their skills in movement, voice and characterisation which are vital to progression in the course and towards 60% of their final grade. Pupils will also develop confidence and self-belief which will be transferable to all subjects as well as being vital in the context of Drama. The unit will result in a group performance.

Year 10 BTEC Level 2

Term 1-5: Component 1 - Exploring the Performing Arts

Pupils will develop respect for their peers when working in a group and as an audience for peer assessment and respect for their own work and time to ensure that they meet set deadlines effectively. Pupils will develop a culture of aspiration each week as they seek to develop and achieve skills, pupils will learn about the diversity of people and beliefs in the society we live in and build a resilience as they discover that making mistakes will enable them to learn and improve as drama students.

Term 6: Developing Skills and Techniques in the Performing Arts

Pupils will develop respect for their peers when working in a group and as an audience for peer assessment and respect for their own work and time to ensure that they meet set deadlines effectively. Pupils will develop a culture of aspiration each week as they seek to develop and achieve skills, pupils will learn about the diversity of people and beliefs in the society we live in and build a resilience as they discover that making mistakes will enable them to learn and improve as drama students.

Year 11 BTEC Level 2

Term 1 - 2: Component 2 - Developing Skills and Techniques in the Performing Arts

Pupils will develop respect for their peers when working in a group and as an audience for peer assessment and respect for their own work and time to ensure that they meet set deadlines effectively. Pupils will develop a culture of aspiration each week as they seek to develop and achieve skills, pupils will learn about the diversity of people and beliefs in the society we live in and build a resilience as they discover that making mistakes will enable them to learn and improve as drama students.

Term 3 - 5: Component 3 - Performing to a Brief

This is the final component in the qualification where pupils are given an external paper. They will work in groups to culminate their skills in a devised performance alongside three controlled, written assessments. The pupils will need to research and develop ideas both individually and with their group.
Term 6: Course Completed
 

Useful Website Links:

The Gulbenkian

The Marlow Theatre

The National Theatre
 

OSL and Extra-Curricular Activities:

  • School Pantomime
  • Two annual school productions
  • Shakesfest
  • Weekly OSL for years 10 and 11 on Fridays 3pm-4pm