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Performing Arts (Level 3 BTEC Subsidary Diploma) (optional V.A.L.P. component) at Sandown Bay Academy

Course description

The BTEC Subsidiary Diploma offers the opportunity to study Performing Arts (Acting) as part of a dynamic and successful Theatre Arts Department. The BTEC Subsidiary Diploma is a vocational course. This means that you develop practical performance and acting skills by completing projects and assignments which are directly relevant to realistic workplace situations, activities and demands. You will take part in a variety of practical workshops, have the opportunity to study plays, different genres and styles of theatre, watch and analyse live performances as well as perform your own work. Your learning in these areas will be supported by regular written work, generally in the form of an actor’s log, outlining and evaluating the practical skills you are developing. The course will appeal if you are interested in drama and the theatre and enjoy a mixture of practical and written work. The Award aims to give students a broad knowledge of performance skills, acting techniques and other aspects of the industry. Performing Arts at Sandown High School is taught by Drama Specialists, with the emphasis therefore being on theatre practice and acting techniques. Lessons will be taught in one of the two well equipped and purpose built Drama studios. You will receive regular verbal and written feedback on the practical and written work you are completing. Formal assessment of this course is ongoing throughout the duration of the two years and occurs during presentations, workshops, rehearsals and performances plus through written research, portfolio (actors log), and analysis/evaluation of the practical work you are producing. Throughout the course you are expected to see as much live theatre as possible. There are organised trips to London to see various plays on a regular basis (approx. 1 a month costing around £35), the more theatre you see, the wider your knowledge and experience will become. BTEC Performing Arts (Acting) is the study of Performing Arts and Acting as an art form. • You will develop the technical and interpretative skills necessary to work as an actor by exploring the means and processes of characterisation, interpreting and realising texts, developing material for performance through rehearsal and taking part in performances of rehearsed material. • You will learn how to analyse and form judgements about live theatre productions you have watched and develop the ability to respond critically to all aspects of drama and theatre. You will study the following two core units: Performing to an Audience Principles of Acting Along with four of the following specialist units: Rehearsing for Performance, Devising Plays, Theatre in Education, Singing Techniques and Performance, Site Specific Performance, Voice and the Actor, Marketing for the Performing Arts, Theatre for Children, Classical Theatre Performance, Contemporary Theatre Performance, Musical Theatre Performance, Variety Performance, Developing Voice for the Actor, Auditions for Actors, Applying Acting Styles, Drama Improvisation, Audio Performance Acting, The Performance of Mime, The Practice of Directing Theatre, Approaches to Directing for Theatre, Script Writing, Storytelling as Performance, Stand-up Comic Technique, Singing Skills for Actors and Dancers, Developing Styles in Clowning, Developing Physical Theatre, Applying Physical Theatre, The Healthy Performer, Movement in Performance, Rehearsing for Performance, Performing with Masks, Film and TV Acting, Developing Movement Skills. In each unit a number of assignments will be set during the year and you are assessed continually throughout the course. These assignments will vary in length and approach but will generally culminate in a performance or presentation and the completion of written work to support & analyse the practical work you have produced. ASSESSMENT: The course is assessed through coursework (rehearsal, performances, research, written assignments, diary keeping, discussion and evaluation) and there are no formal examinations. Over two years you will compile a portfolio of coursework. This coursework is all marked internally (by your teachers) and a sample is verified by an Edexcel examiner. This ensures that all marking is fair and matches Edexcel standards. There will be certain key dates (like performance deadlines) by which you have to complete work but there are no timed written tests. You will study six units each of which will be graded Pass, Merit, or Distinction (the A Level equivalents are E for Pass, C for Merit, and A for Distinction). These are then condensed to the grade you will receive at the end of the course. EXTRA FEATURES: •Various theatre trips •The opportunity to work in the community and with local schools •Museum and exhibition trips •A two day London residential visit •The opportunity to get involved in school productions •The chance to work with fantastic teachers!

Entry requirements

•At least 2 GCSE subjects with A*-C grades •Experience of Drama at GCSE / BTEC level 2 is not a requirement but can be useful early in the course •A creative mind •The ability to work within a group •A passion for the subject •A good sense of humour

Future opportunities

POSSIBLE PROGRESSION: You could follow a degree course in Acting, Drama and Theatre Arts, Performing Arts or almost any other subject including, English, History or Maths. Or you could study a vocational course at Drama School, in which case you will find this a useful course as a foundation in professional theatre technique and discipline. Students could become actors, journalists, teachers, psychologists, theatre technicians, arts administrators, doctors, architects, find work in films, with the police – almost anything. One thing they will find to be invaluable, is the self-knowledge and confidence that this course provides. SUGGESTED SUBJECT COMBINATIONS: BTEC Performing Arts (Acting) will combine well with and complement a wide variety of subjects. It is not a matter of choosing this option only if you wish to follow a career in the theatre. Students could study BTEC Performing Arts alongside Maths, Science subjects, Languages as well as the more expected combinations of Art and English Language or Literature A Levels. Some students may choose to specialise further by combining BTEC Performing Arts with A Levels in Drama and Theatre Studies, Dance, Music or Music Technology. This course also combines well with Level 3 Wider Key Skills and the Level 3 ASDAN CoPE as it allows you to draw out evidence already generated in support of these other qualifications. This short course offers a specialist qualification for entering employment in the performing arts or progressing onto further education such as BTEC Higher Nationals in Performing Arts or related degree programmes. You could also go onto study a relevant NVQ vocational qualification, which could be work-based. With further training, you could go into a job related to performing arts such as a chorographer or dance teacher. The course provides a work related programme of study so you could go straight into a job as it helps you develop the skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers are looking for, especially in the performing industries such as theatre.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact us, ask your Connexions Personal Adviser or school/college careers staff.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Sandown Bay Academy directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years