BTEC First in Production Arts Level 2 Certificate at The Downs School
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.
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;
1 Individual Showcase
2 Preparation, Performance and Production
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
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.
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.