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Performing Arts

Direct links to drama school courses and careers in Performing Arts.

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Course Details
Type of Qualifcation: BTEC
Exam Board: Pearson
Requirements: Grade 4 at GCSE is recommended (non-Performing Arts GCSE students will be considered)
Course Content

The three mandatory units focus on:

·         Research – critical analysis and extended writing skills that aim to support students’ progress to higher education. As possible performing arts practitioners, students will gain a good understanding of the work of influential practitioners to inform their own work and practice (Unit – Investigating Practitioners’ Work)

·         an induction into the performing arts – where students will develop the appropriate skills and techniques in various performance disciplines such as acting, dance, musical theatre and physical theatre (Unit – Developing Skills and Techniques for Live Performance)

·         Group performance – students will develop the essential psychomotor and affective skills essential for the performing arts. They will develop physical techniques, as well as wider transferable skills such as being able to work collaboratively, personal management and organisation (rehearsals, time management), being able to give and take direction, confidence in front of an audience, problem and team work (Unit – Group Performance Workshop).

 

Students select one optional unit to support choices in progression to performing arts and other courses in HE, and also cover acting, dance and musical theatre topics. Examples of the optional units include: classical ballet technique, street dance technique, acting styles, developing the voice for performance, and variety performance.

Style Of Assessment

Unit 1 externally marked, controlled assessment

Unit 2 internally marked,  written log and recorded performance

Unit 3 externally marked, written log and recorded performance

Optional Unit- internally marked, written log and recorded performance

Whose kind of course?

For those that would like to work in the Performing Arts Sector, as detailed in the Course Booklet.

Career Prospects
Direct links to drama school courses and careers in 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 delivered in the components of the course.

A Level Dance can lead to degree courses in Dance, Performing Arts and Education. Professional performance work, community work and therapy courses, Dance business, choreographer, entertainment industry, Dance Science, personal trainer, media and Dance.

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Course Details
Type of Qualifcation: A Level
Exam Board: AQA
Requirements: Grade 4 and GCSE is recommended (non-Dance GCSE students will be considered)
Course Content

Component 1: Chorography and performance

Solo performance linked to a specified practitioner within an area of study

Performance in a quartet

Group choreography

 

Component 2: Critical Engagement

Knowledge, understanding and critical appreciation of two set works:

One compulsory set work within the compulsory area of study.

One optional set work within the corresponding area of study, from a choice of four.

 

Style Of Assessment

Component 1 - Choreography and Performance

External examiner visits the school between March and May to assesses Quartet, Group Choreography and Solo performances

Examined in the 2nd year of course

50% of A Level

Component 2 - Critical Engagement

2 ½ hour written paper made up of two sections – A = short answers questions and B = two essay based questions

50% of A Level

Examined in the 2nd year of the course

Whose kind of course?

Dance will suit you if you have a:

· Genuine interest in performance and choreography.

· Enjoy participating in performance and discussing professional works.

· Wish to develop your analytical and evaluative skills.

· Enjoy working independently and in a team.

· Develop practical activity with high level, comprehensive, pure dance training delivered by dance specialists.

· Develop techniques, artistic understanding and overall fitness to prepare students for a career in professional dance performance and / or teaching.

· Gain experience of a range of dance specialisms including Classical Ballet, Contemporary Dance, Choreography, Physical Theatre and Jazz which will develop you as a versatile dance artist.

· Develop links to professional and performance based dance practice.

· Study in the performing arts industry and the historical context of performance.

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 delivered in the components of the course.

A Level Dance can lead to degree courses in Dance, Performing Arts and Education. Professional performance work, community work and therapy courses, Dance business, choreographer, entertainment industry, Dance Science, personal trainer, media and Dance.

Drama and Theatre Studies

Whatever you choose to do next, 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: A Level
Exam Board: AQA
Requirements: Grade 4 at GCSE (non-Drama GCSE students will be considered)
Course Content

Component 1: Drama and Theatre

  What’s assessed 

·     Knowledge and understanding of drama and theatre

·     Study of two set plays

·     Analysis and evaluation of the work of live theatre makers


Component 2: Creating Original Drama

  What’s assessed 

·     Process of creating devised drama

·     Performance of devised drama

 

Devised piece must be influenced by the work and methodologies of one prescribed practitioner.


Component 3: Making theatre (practical)

  What’s assessed 

·     Practical exploration and interpretation of play extracts and methodology of a prescribed practitioner

 

·     A final assessed performance and reflective report;

analysing and evaluating

theatrical interpretation of all three extracts


Style Of Assessment

Component 1: Drama and Theatre

       Assessment: Written exam: 3 hours, 40%

 

Component 2: Creating Original Drama

  Assessment: Working notebook (20%) and devised performance (10%), 30%

 

Component 3: Making theatre (practical)

  Assessment: Performance (20%) and reflective report (10%), 30%

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 and to see live theatre productions

 

·    You will have the opportunity to devise a completely original performance

Career Prospects

Whatever you choose to do next, 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.

Music


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Course Details
Type of Qualifcation: A Level
Exam Board: EDUQAS
Requirements: Grade 6 in Music and English
Course Content
Performing (35%) - A performance recital of Grade 7 standard (or above), for 10-12 minutes, either solo or ensemble, or a combination of both.  At least one of these pieces must be a soloist.

Composing (25%) - Two compositions, one in response to a choice of four set briefs and one free composition.

Appraising (40%) - Three areas of study:
The Western Classical Tradition (The Development of the Symphony 1750-1900)
Musical Theatre or Pop or Jazz
Into the Twentieth Century, including two set works 
Style Of Assessment

Whose kind of course?

Anyone wishing to pursue a career involving music
Anyone who enjoys analysing music
Anyone who has advanced performing and composing skills


Stretch and challenge - Aiming for A*

All A Level 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 and Choir.  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 perform solos at Concerts.
Career Prospects

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