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Performing Arts BTEC National Extended Certificate Level 3 at Kingdown School

Course description

Students will complete 4 units over the two years.

Unit 1: Investigating Practitioners’ Work

  • This is an external written exam where students will be expected to analyse the work of two practitioners and complete a 2000 word piece of extended writing in exam conditions.
  • They will also be expected to conduct their own research beforehand and produce a bibliography.

Unit 2: Developing Skills and Techniques for Live Performance

  • This is a coursework based unit where students will need to study the skills required in order to deliver a successful performance.
  • They will need to perform 2 contrasting scripted pieces as part of a group as well as keep an ongoing portfolio documenting the rehearsal/performance process.

Unit 3: Group Performance Workshop

  • Another external exam where students are asked to respond to a given stimulus as part of a group.
  • They will be asked to use discussion, research and improvisation to shape performance material.
  • The workshop performance will be an opportunity to try out the work before an audience to invite discussion and evaluation of its potential.
  • The work may be in a single discipline or combine elements of dance, acting, musical theatre and variety.

Unit 4: Acting Styles

  • This unit will introduce students to the basic differences of a range of styles of theatre and the approaches of theatre practitioners.
  • Students will take part in workshops that explore acting styles, techniques and practices used by different theatre practitioners in their work.

Entry requirements

GCSE English grade 9-4 plus 4 GCSEs at grades A*-C. Performing Arts provides students with an opportunity to study how the Performing Arts industry works and helps them develop the core skills of Drama.

Students need to ideally have studied Performing Arts at Level 2 or GCSE Drama as this will be an advantage but students will be considered on an individual basis through discussion with Miss Welch.

Students need to have a mature approach to the subject and be ready to devise, perform and evaluate as well as conduct their own research and analysis of practitioners.

This course is broadly equivalent to one GCE A Level.

Future opportunities

Apart from the obvious career in Performing Arts, a BTEC in this subject will benefit students in terms of their confidence, social skills, self-awareness and organisation, regardless of career choice.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 21 December 2016
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