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BTEC First in Production Arts Level 2 Certificate at The Downs School

Course description

This qualification is equivalent to 3 GCSE‟s at Grades C or above. Pass = C Merit = B Distinction = A and Distinction* = A* Production Pathway; It is the study of all aspects of production and the production business including creating a production company to run performing arts events, marketing and planning events, working backstage, mastering a choice of technical elements such as sound, lighting, make-up, wardrobe management, set construction and set design.

This course links closely to Business Studies and will teach students all about the process of event management.

Course content

The BTEC is a practical course; written work is expected in the form of set tasks, on-line tests, research projects, portfolios, power points, use of publisher, use of excel and evaluations. Students will be expected to wear appropriate clothing for production and/or technical work.

Students will also be expected to attend rehearsals in their own time, take part in evening productions and attend theatre trips. Each learner must complete the core and mandatory units and then four optional units to complete their pathway. The flexible design of the BTEC course means that it can be tailored to suit the group‟s interests and needs. Unit examples;

Core Units

1 Individual Showcase

2 Preparation, Performance and Production

Mandatory units

7 Production Skills for Performance

8 The Performing Arts Industry

Optional specialist units Group A (minimum three units from this group)

9 Performance in Context

19 Design Planning for Performance

20 Realising Costume Design for Performance

21 Realising Set Design for Performance

22 Realising Prop Design for Performance

23 Realising Mask Design for Performance

24 Lighting for Performance

25 Sound for Performance

28 Make-up for Performance

29 Wardrobe for Stage Performance

Entry requirements

4 GCSE‟s at GRADE E or above A genuine interest and enthusiasm in running and working within a production company. The ability to meet production deadlines and a commitment to working backstage and putting on a variety of school shows.



Future opportunities

This course has been designed as a stepping stone allowing students to spend a year building upon their GCSE qualifications gained in year 11. Production Arts or Performing Arts are extremely versatile subjects which could take students just about anywhere. Some students find work in the industry whilst others use it as a pathway to advanced courses at further education or theatre school.

At the end of the first year students who are successful can stay on to do „AS‟ Levels or continue onto a Level 3 course at college or here at school. As the programme of study also contains work experience placements; students may also choose to follow a vocational pathway after completing the qualification and enter the world of work.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Downs School directly.

Last updated date: 26 June 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 Year