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BTEC Performing Arts at Holyhead

Course description

Course Overview

At the start of this two year actor training course you will complete an audit so your tutor can gauge your immediate needs, long term plans and most importantly your personal areas of interest. This information will be used by your Drama tutor so units are catered to the group to ensure your training is exciting and beneficial. Your group will be set up as a Theatre company, you will create a company name and will perform live shows to different audiences at different venues throughout the two years.

Over the two years you will study 6 units; some of which will be working at degree Level so you are well prepared for Higher Education. An example of some of the units studied are Physical Theatre, Theatre in Education, Devising plays and Auditions for Actors to develop a range of performance skills. 

Skills Needed

Motivation, team work, commitment, communication, creativity, determination and confidence.

Course content

Year 1

Three units:

Unit 1: Performing to an Audience

Unit 2: Devising Plays

Unit 3: Theatre in Education

Year 2

Three units:
 
Unit 1: Physcial Theatre
 
Unit 2: Auditions for Actors
 
Unit 3: Musical Theatre
 
A full term will be spent on each unit.
Practical and written portfolios will be completed towards the end of each term.

Entry requirements

A minimum of 5 A*-C grades at GCSE including English and Maths

GCSE Grade C in Drama

Assessment

Year 1

Each unit requires DVD evidence of a practical performance which is formally assessed by your tutor using the Edexcel grading criteria. Students must also submit a written acting portfolio to support the rehearsal process and the final practical performance. Assessment work is internally verified by another member of staff to meet standardisation guidelines.

The Level 3 Certificate is broadly equivalent to 1 GCE AS-level.

Year 2
 
Each unit requires DVD evidence of a practical performance which is formally assessed by your tutor using the Edexcel grading criteria. Students must also submit a written acting portfolio to support the rehearsal process and the final practical performance. Assessment work is internally verified by another member of staff to meet standardisation guidelines.
 
The subsidiary diploma is broadly equivalent to 1 GCE A Level.

Further information

Enrichment Opportunities

There are opportunties to attend Master classes for Practitioners, working with professional theatre companies such as Trestle and Frantic Assembly. Workshops with Big Brum, Birmingham School of Acting and Mooville Productions. Regular trips to the theatre to watch professional productions. Opportunity to participate in the whole school production.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Holyhead directly.

Last updated date: 09 November 2015
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