Performing Arts BTEC
The aims of the course
The BTEC Tech Award in Performing Arts is designed to develop acting, singing and dancing skills and give students a better understanding of the Performing Arts industry. The course will also help them to develop their confidence, teamwork and leadership skills as well as developing the ability to be a reflective learner. The course is specifically tailored towards Musical Theatre.
The course structure
This is a three year course, delivered over one subject block. The large majority of the course involves practical work, although it also includes different types of written work such as research projects and written evaluations of practical work.
Students will study acting, singing and dancing, working with specialist teachers. Year 9 is all about developing confidence skills in the three disciplines. The three assessed units of the course will be taught in Year 10 and 11:
- Component 1—Exploring The Performing Arts
This involves studying three different examples of musical theatre and the processes in which they are created and performed. Workshops and practical activities based on the studied pieces will allow further exploration
- Component 2—Developing Skills and Techniques in the Performing Arts
Students will develop the skills required in acting, singing and dancing through workshops and practical classes, leading to rehearsal and performance of an extract from one musical.
- Component 3—Performing to A Brief
Students will create a piece of performance work between 10-15 minutes long in response to a brief set by the exam board. This can include acting, singing and dancing and will include a written log of skills, and evaluation of the final performance.
How the course is assessed
Each component is graded on separate criteria, ranging from level 1 pass to level 2 distinction. Components 1 and 2 are set and marked by teachers, and are each worth 30% of the course. Component 3 is set by the exam board and externally assessed, and worth 40% of the course.
What else will they do?
Students will be encouraged to take part in extra-curricular activities, which will further build their confidence and develop their skills. There may also be opportunities for theatre trips to see professional work first-hand.
Head of Subject Presentation – Michelle Wainwright