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BTEC Performing Arts (Dance)

In addition to the performing arts sector-specific content, this qualification provides learners with the opportunity to develop all-round performance skills and transferable skills such as self-confidence, self-presentation, personal discipline, time management and organisational skills which are highly regarded by higher education and employers. Other skills essential for further study include research, independent learning, extended writing, sourcing, evaluating information and drawing conclusions which are covered in the development of the units included across this course. The qualification carries UCAS points and is recognised by higher education providers as contributing to meeting admission requirements for degree courses when taken alongside other Level 3 qualifications such as A-Levels. BTEC Dance can lead to degree courses in Dance, Performing Arts and Education, professional performance work, community work and therapy courses.

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Course Details
Type of Qualifcation: BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate in Performing Arts
Exam Board: Pearson
Requirements: Grade 4 at GCSE is recommended
Course Content

Three Mandatory Units – Internal/External 

Investigating Practitioners work (E) – Two part task set by exam board

1. Written preparation task issued 4 weeks before a timetabled session for part 2
2. Part 2 written controlled assessment

Developing Skills and Techniques for Live Performance (I) – Three part task

1. Presentation
2. Practical Performance / Performance Logs

Group Performance Workshop (E)

1. Performance Choreography
2. Digital Process Logs

One Optional Unit to be covered over the 2 years from the following (internally assessed)

Classical Ballet Technique / Tap Dance Technique / Jazz Dance Technique / Street Dance Technique / Contemporary Dance Technique / Healthy Dancer / Choreography of Live Performance / Improvisation / Movement in Performance / Physical Theatre Techniques


Four parts will make up the student’s chosen unit

1. Report / Presentation
2. Recorded Logs
3. Final Performance
4. Performance Logs
Style Of Assessment

Internal and External assessments carried out:

Mandatory 83%

External 58%

 

Course work based

Written and Practical based External assessments

 

Graded at Pass, Merit or Distinction for each unit.

Whose kind of course?
Dance AS and A2 will suit you if you:
• have a genuine interest in performance and choreography • are willing to participate in performance, develop your own choreographic devices and be involved in discussion regard-ing professional works
• wish to develop your analytical and evaluative skills
• enjoy working both independently and as part of a team.
• wish to analyse the choreography and performance of at least 5 professional works

Stretch and challenge – Aiming for A*
In order to challenge the students, they will be given the opportunity to complete regular extension work within lessons and degree-level tasks. They will also be able to experience workshops led by professional dance companies.
Career Prospects
In addition to the performing arts sector-specific content, this qualification provides learners with the opportunity to develop all-round performance skills and transferable skills such as self-confidence, self-presentation, personal discipline, time management and organisational skills which are highly regarded by higher education and employers. Other skills essential for further study include research, independent learning, extended writing, sourcing, evaluating information and drawing conclusions which are covered in the development of the units included across this course. The qualification carries UCAS points and is recognised by higher education providers as contributing to meeting admission requirements for degree courses when taken alongside other Level 3 qualifications such as A-Levels. BTEC Dance can lead to degree courses in Dance, Performing Arts and Education, professional performance work, community work and therapy courses.
Drama and Theatre Studies

Whatever you choose to do next, AS and A Level Drama and Theatre Studies will equip you with the drive, confidence, skills and experience for a successful future. Students have gone on to Drama Schools to study Theatre Studies and Performing Arts at University, Acting, Directing, Technical Support, Digital Theatre.

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Course Details
Type of Qualifcation: AS / A2
Exam Board: AQA
Requirements: 6 at GCSE (Non Drama GCSE students will be considered)
Course Content
Component 1: Drama and Theatre

What´s assessed
• Knowledge & understanding of drama and theatre
• The study of two set plays
• Analysis & evaluation of the work of live theatre makers
How it´s assessed: Written exam: 3 hours. 40%

Component 2: Creating Original Drama

What´s assessed
• Process of creating devised drama
• Performance of devised drama
How it´s assessed: Working notebook & Devised performance, 30%

Component 3: Making theatre (practical)

What´s assessed
• Practical exploration and interpretation of play extracts & methodology of a prescribed practitioner
• A final assessed performance & reflective report; analysing and evaluating the-atrical interpretation of all three extracts
Assessment : Performance (20%) and reflective report (10%), 30%
Style Of Assessment
TBC
Whose kind of course?
Drama and Theatre Studies is an exploration of Theatre in all forms.
• You will study new styles and approaches
• Explore plays that are inspiring
• There will be many opportunities for performance & see live theatre productions
• You will have the opportunity to devise a completely original performance
Career Prospects
Whatever you choose to do next, AS and A Level Drama and Theatre Studies will equip you with the drive, confidence, skills and experience for a successful future. Students have gone on to Drama Schools to study Theatre Studies and Performing Arts at University, Acting, Directing, Technical Support, Digital Theatre.
Media Studies

The subjects and transferable skills such as communication, creative thinking and organization. Can also lead to careers in film, television, advertising, journalism, marketing, PR, teaching and management

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Course Details
Type of Qualifcation: AS / A2
Exam Board: OCR
Requirements: Grade 6 at GCSE in English Language or Literature recommended.
Course Content
AS : Unit 1 G321 Foundation Portfolio in Media
AS : Unit 2 G322 Key Media Concepts
A2 : Unit 3 G324 Advanced Portfolio in Media
A2 : Unit 4 G325 Critical Perspectives in Media
Course Requirement: You do not need to have studied Media Studies at GCSE, but it is essential that you have a high level of English and enjoy writing. A good knowledge of ICT is preferred but not essential as you will learn new skills throughout the course.
Style Of Assessment
Unit 1 – G321 Foundation Portfolio in Media
50% of AS, 25% of A Level
Practical unit internally assessed and externally moderated.
Video production, research and planning, practical group work and a written evaluation

Unit 2 – G322 Key Media Concepts
50% of AS, 25% of A Level
2 hour examination
Two questions: Textual Analysis and Representation (TV Drama) – 50 marks, Institutions and Audiences – 50 marks.

Unit 3 – G324 Advanced Portfolio in Media
25% of A Level
Practical unit internally assessed and externally moderated.
Coursework unit working within two different contemporary media technologies

Unit 4 – G325 Critical Perspectives in Media
25% of A Level
2 hour examination
Section A: Theoretical Evaluation of Production – 50 marks. Section B – Contemporary Media Issues – 50 marks.
Whose kind of course?
If you are interested in the world around you and how media influences your choices and decision then Media Studies at A-Level is the course for you.
The course involves being creative and working with others to produce dynamic media components of your own design and creation, You will need to have an enquiring mind and a willingness to learn new skills along with a capacity to work in small groups. You will need to be able to look objectively at your work and be able to suggest areas of improvement through evaluation.
Stretch & Challenge – aiming for A*: There are many opportunities to extend learning based on case studies and the application of knowledge gained both through directed study and your own experiences and knowledge.
Career Prospects
The subjects and transferable skills such as communication, creative thinking and organization. Can also lead to careers in film, television, advertising, journalism, marketing, PR, teaching and management
Music

Music A Level develops a variety of skills such as analysis, commitment, self- confidence and self- reliance. It is a highly regarded academic subject and held in high esteem by universities.
Performer, Teacher, Sound Technician, Composer, Arranger, Education side of Orchestras/Concert Halls, Recording, Instrumental teacher, Librarian, Critic, Music Production, Music Publishing, Journalist, Studio Engineer, Producer, DJ, Promoter

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Course Details
Type of Qualifcation: AS / A2
Exam Board: EDUQAS
Requirements: Advanced performance skills (instrumental/vocal) Grade 6 GCSE Music
Course Content
AS Level
Performing (30%)
A performance consisting of a minimum of two pieces either as a soloist or as part of an ensemble or a combination of both.
Composing (30%) Two compositions one in response to a brief and one free composition.
Appraising (40%) Two areas of study: The Western Classical Tradition (The Development of the Symphony 1750-1830)
A choice of one area of study from: Rock and Pop, Musical Theatre, Jazz

A Level
Option A:
Performing (35%)
A minimum of three pieces. At least one of these pieces must be as a soloist.
Composing (25%) Two compositions, one in response to a choice of 4 set briefs and one free composition.

Option B:
Performing (25%)
A minimum of two pieces either as a soloist or as part of an ensemble or a combination of both.
Composing (35%) Three compositions, one in response to a choice of 4 set briefs, one must reflect the musical characteristics of one different area of study and one free composition.

Appraising (40%) Three areas of study:
The Western Classical Tradition (The Development of the Symphony 1750-1900) A choice of one area of study from: Rock and Pop, Musical Theatre, Jazz
Style Of Assessment
All work is externally assessed by the exam board. Performances will be as a recital to a visiting examiner.
Whose kind of course?
• Anyone wishing to pursue a career involving Music
• Anyone who enjoys music
• Anyone who enjoys Music and has advanced performing skills

Stretch and challenge – Aiming for A*
All AS/A2 students are expected to contribute to the musical life of the school by participating in ensembles and performing in our regular Concerts and Services – Orchestra, Swing Band, Choir, Rock Band, Barbershop. In addition they are encouraged to lead their own ensembles – Clarinet, Flute, Sax Band - by being entirely responsible for their group. As role models, they are expected to lead their section in the Orchestra, offering support and teaching to the younger students. It is expected that they will be keen to perform solos at Concerts.
Career Prospects
Music A Level develops a variety of skills such as analysis, commitment, self- confidence and self- reliance. It is a highly regarded academic subject and held in high esteem by universities.
Performer, Teacher, Sound Technician, Composer, Arranger, Education side of Orchestras/Concert Halls, Recording, Instrumental teacher, Librarian, Critic, Music Production, Music Publishing, Journalist, Studio Engineer, Producer, DJ, Promoter
Photography

All aspects of the Art & Design industry including advertising, portraiture or fashion photography, photo journalism, television and film production, camera operations, graphic design and illustration. Related careers such as museums and galleries, publishing, animation, theatre design, art therapist or teacher.

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Course Details
Type of Qualifcation: AS / A2
Exam Board: AQA
Requirements: Grade 6 at GCSE any of the Art & Design endorsements
Course Content
This AS and Advanced GCE specification requires students to develop practical and theoretical knowledge and understanding of:
• relevant materials, processes, technologies and resources
• how ideas, feelings and meanings can be conveyed and interpreted in images and artefacts
• ways in which photographs can be developed beyond the pure image using practical hand-on techniques as well as digital forms
• a working visual/written vocabulary and specialist terminology

The Photography course is tailored to encourage, enhance and challenge creativity, enabling students to achieve their potential. Students will be expected to analyze the work of other photographers, develop their ideas in response to them and explore a wide range of Art based and digital manipulation and presentation techniques when developing ideas or creating a final piece.

Taking your own photographs outside of lesson time is fundamental to the course, and therefore access to a digital camera or camera phone (that you can transfer images onto a computer from) is essential. You must also be prepared to print your own photographs, which will incur a cost (this will vary depending on where you print your photographs).
Style Of Assessment
60% coursework and 40% exam and exam sketchbook.
Whose kind of course?
The course is suited to students who prefer a practical and creative approach to studying Photography. It will also interest anyone who:
• May wish to pursue a career in Photography
• Would like to continue studying this subject at University.
• Would prefer to be assessed by continuous coursework (60%) alongside a final exam (40%).
• May wish to specialise in certain areas of practical photography
Career Prospects
All aspects of the Art & Design industry including advertising, portraiture or fashion photography, photo journalism, television and film production, camera operations, graphic design and illustration. Related careers such as museums and galleries, publishing, animation, theatre design, art therapist or teacher.
Art & Design

All aspects of the Art industry, including graphic design, textiles, fashion, photography, 3D design, architecture, interior design, and illustration. Related careers in museums and galleries, publishing, advertising, theatre, TV and film, art therapy, teaching, community work.

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Course Details
Type of Qualifcation: AS/A2
Exam Board: AQA
Requirements: Grade 6 at GCSE in any of the Art & Design endorsements
Course Content
This AS and Advanced GCE specification requires students to develop practical and theoretical knowledge and understanding of:

• practical knowledge and ability in a range of Fine Art materials, processes and techniques
• independence of mind in developing their own ideas
• an understanding of how ideas, feelings and meanings can be conveyed and interpreted in images and artefacts, including understanding of the work of other artists and designers
• a working visual/written vocabulary and specialist terminology with which to express their ideas.

The AS Art course is tailored to encourage, enhance and challenge creativity, enabling students to achieve their potential. Lessons consist of a mixture of workshops introducing students to techniques and processes, plus tutorial sessions in which students are guided to develop their own artistic line of enquiry.
Style Of Assessment
60% coursework (all of the artwork that students produce between September and January)

40% exam (the work that students produce between February and May in response to a specific exam theme set by AQA)
Whose kind of course?
The course is suited to students who are creative and enjoy taking photographs, painting, drawing or making. It will also interest anyone who wishes to:

• study other artists and visit galleries
• experiment with new techniques and see where these can lead
• express themselves creatively and develop the ability and knowledge to do this at a higher level
• develop their own ideas and areas of interest through discussions with teachers as well as other students
• pursue a career in art and design
• continue studying art or design at University or via an Art Foundation Course
Career Prospects
All aspects of the Art industry, including graphic design, textiles, fashion, photography, 3D design, architecture, interior design, and illustration. Related careers in museums and galleries, publishing, advertising, theatre, TV and film, art therapy, teaching, community work.
Product Design

Studying Product Design can lead to further Degree studies and careers in Graphic Design, Architecture, Interior Design, Product Design, Web Design, Marketing and Project Management. It will also provide you with the skills to present your work more effectively in all aspects of your education and life. In addition, it will provide you with the skills to think creatively and independently to overcome real-life problems.

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Course Details
Type of Qualifcation: AS / A2
Exam Board: AQA
Requirements: Minimum Grade 6 at GCSE recommended
Course Content
A–Level Product Design requires students to engage in both practical and theoretical study.
This qualification allows students to follow various specialist pathways: resistant materials and graphics.
The course specification is split into three sections:
Style Of Assessment
Paper 1: Core technical principles (25%)
In this 2 hour paper you will be tested on the core aspects of designing and making.
Paper 2: Specialist knowledge (25%)
In this unit you will be tested on the specialist knowledge from your chosen focus area; resistant materials or graphics.
Non–exam assessment (NEA) (50%)

In this unit you will undertake a substantial design & make task in your chosen specialist area. The context of the task will be set by AQA and the actual problem supplied by a client.
Whose kind of course?
Learning about Design & Technology strengthens learners critical thinking and problem solving skills within a creative environment, enabling them to develop and make prototypes/products that solve real problems.

Stretch and challenge – Aiming for A*
As a product designer, you will learn the skills to design and make all aspects of products, using the latest smart materials, desktop publishing software and computer aided manufacture.
Career Prospects
Studying Product Design can lead to further Degree studies and careers in Graphic Design, Architecture, Interior Design, Product Design, Web Design, Marketing and Project Management. It will also provide you with the skills to present your work more effectively in all aspects of your education and life. In addition, it will provide you with the skills to think creatively and independently to overcome real-life problems.
Fashion & Textiles

Studying Fashion & Textiles can lead to further Degree studies and careers in Fashion design, Product Design, Interior Design, Graphic Design, Web Design, Marketing and Project Management. It will also provide you with the skills to present your work more effectively in all aspects of your education and life. In addition, it will provide you with the skills to think creatively and independently to overcome real-life problems.

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Course Details
Type of Qualifcation: AS / A2
Exam Board: AQA
Requirements: Minimum Grade 6 at GCSE recommended
Course Content

A-Level Fashion & Textiles requires students to engage in both practical and theoretical study.

 

The course specification is split into three sections:

 

 

Paper 1: Core technical principles (25%)

 

In this 2 hour paper you will be tested on the core aspects of designing and making.

 

Paper 2: Specialist knowledge (25%)

 

In this unit you will be tested on the specialist knowledge of fashion & textiles.

 

Non-exam assessment (NEA) (50%)

 

In this unit you will undertake a substantial design & make task in your chosen specialist area. The context of the task will be set by AQA and the actual problem supplied by a client.

Style Of Assessment
Whose kind of course?

Learning about Fashion & Textiles strengthens learners critical thinking and problem solving skills within a creative environment, enabling them to develop and make proto-types/products that solve real problems.

Career Prospects
Studying Fashion & Textiles can lead to further Degree studies and careers in Fashion design, Product Design, Interior Design, Graphic Design, Web Design, Marketing and Project Management. It will also provide you with the skills to present your work more effectively in all aspects of your education and life. In addition, it will provide you with the skills to think creatively and independently to overcome real-life problems.
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