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BTEC Tech Award Performing Arts (Acting)

Mathematics - Year 7

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Below you will find more specific information about the curriculum in Performing Arts for students who have chosen this subject, explaining to you what students will learn, when, why and how. There is also information about how parents/carers are able to support students in their learning, extra-curricular opportunities in this subject and how it links to other subjects and the wider world.

While this information covers a broad range of areas, please do get in touch with the Subject Leader Mrs Spurling if you have any questions.

Please click on the questions below to find out more.

Which exam board will students be examined by?

Pearson

How are groups organised?

Classes are mixed ability and student have five hour long lessons a fortnight

What characteristics does a successful student have in this subject?

Successful students will be creative and enthusiastic about practical work. They will be critical thinkers who enjoy analysing and solving performance problems. They will have a clear interest in studying different styles and genres of performance. They are committed to extra rehearsal during project periods.

What are the key concepts students will study at this level?

  • Professionalism

  • Creativity

  • Versatility

  • Creating

  • Reflective

  • Experience and Practice

What will students learn at this level?

Component 1: Exploring the Performing Arts

Internally Assessed

30% of total course

Student’s will get a taste of what it’s like to be a professional actor. They will explore different performance styles and investigate the influence of a range of theatre practitioners. They will get opportunity to develop their performance skill and their own understanding of performance processes.

Component 2: Developing Skills and Techniques in Performing Arts

Internally Assessed

30% of total course

Students will develop skills and techniques as an actor. They will take part in workshops and rehearse small projects exploring several performance techniques. They will refine their application of skill and learn to reflect carefully on their work.

Component 3: Performing to a Brief

Externally Assessed Task

40% of total course

Students will be given a project brief set by the exam board. Student will need to work collaboratively to build on their knowledge and skill to develop a performance piece in response to the brief. They are expected to research, develop and evaluate their work throughout.

What skills will students develop at this level?

  • Practical skill
  • Creativity
  • Analytical and evaluative skill
  • Communication skills
  • Health and safety
  • Teamwork

How will students learn at this level?

  • Presenting to audiences
  • Reflective portfolio
  • Independent research
  • Watching live theatre
  • Self and peer evaluation
  • Practical projects
  • Exploring genre and style

How will students’ learning be assessed at this level?

Component 1: Exploring the Performing Arts

Internally Assessed

30% of total course

  • Keep a research log documenting your investigation of styles and practitioners
  • Prepare a presentation to show your research and analysis of 3 pieces of performance repertoire

Component 2: Developing Skills and Techniques in Performing Arts

Internally Assessed

30% of total course

  • Keep a skills log in which you record and evaluate your practical exploration
  • Record examples of performance skill applied in extracts explored

Component 3: Performing to a Brief

Externally Assessed Task

40% of total course

  • Complete 3 process logs to be completed in controlled conditions
  • Perform your final piece for an audience

When do key assessments take place?

Component 1:  April - June Year 10

Component 2:  October - December Year 11

Component 3:  January - April Year 11

How can parents/carers support students’ learning?

  • Encourage use of Digital Theatre Plus to watch recordings of theatre.
  • Trips to live theatre.
  • Encourage your child to see A Level and BTEC performances at the school.
  • Come to support at performance presentations.
  • Support with completion of portfolio work and log book.
  • Encourage attendance at Production Arts and Technical Theatre clubs.

What equipment do students need for this subject?

Essential equipment

How does this subject link to other subjects?

  • English: Textual analysis. Realising script.
  • Science: Analysis and evaluation
  • PSCHE: Empathy and cultural differences.
  • Tech: Design

What websites or resources may be helpful to support students’ learning?

https://www.digitaltheatreplus.com/education

https://www.bbc.com/bitesize/subjects/zbckjxs

What extra-curricular or enrichment opportunities are available for students in this subject at this level?

  • School Production
  • LAMDA
  • Open Mic
  • The Project
  • Technical Theatre Club
  • Production Arts Club
  • Links to external auditions/opportunities

What sort of careers can this subject lead to?

Actor

Technician/Designer

Director

Set/Costume designer

Stage Manager

Front of House

http://www.artsjobs.org.uk/

What does student work look like in this subject at this level?

 

How does this subject support a broad and balanced curriculum, meeting the needs of all students, and developing traditional core skills?

 

How does this subject promote creativity, critical thinking, practice, perseverance and resilience, and making links?

 

How does this subject encourage enrichment and the development of cultural capital, deep learning, and inclusivity?