Key Stage 3
GCSE Drama
BTEC Drama
Y7 & 8 receive Drama once a fortnight and cover the following topics; Y7 Physical Theatre - Exploring using your body as prop. Titanic - Using naturalistic acting skills to explore an historic event. Mask - Learning the skills to successfully perform in Mask. Y8 Donna's Story - Using naturalistic acting skills to create a story. Melodrama - Exploring the style of Melodrama in a practical way. Developing Scenarios - Learning skills needed for successful performing and devising.
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What will I learn? How will I be assessed? What could I move onto?
Exam Board: Edexcel Course title and type of qualification: GCSE Drama Links & Resources
What will I learn? BTEC Performing Arts Acting is a vocational course consisting of three main units of study. The 3 units of the BTEC are: Individual Showcase - This unit explores preparation for an audition process. Securing work and training opportunities in the performing arts will require you to be able to promote yourself effectively in a range of situations. First impressions matter, so it is crucial that you are able to recognise and promote your skills with confidence and clarity. This unit covers what to include in a letter of application and how to prepare audition pieces or presentations that demonstrate your relevant skills and knowledge. Preparation, Performance and Production Have you ever thought about all of the things that need to happen before a performance is seen by an audience? In this unit you will learn how to develop a performance piece as a member of a performance company. Your performance company can include both performers and a production team. The performers and production team will need to work together to explore, develop and shape ideas for the performance. Acting Skills This unit is about starting you on your journey to becoming a professional actor. You will be introduced to important acting skills and will learn about the specific demands that acting makes on the body and mind. As well as physical skills, you will also need to use your imagination to create characters or roles. This unit is about building your foundations as an actor; it is not just about performance. As well as undertaking a programme of practical classes to develop your physical and mental acting skills, you will be required to demonstrate progress throughout the unit. How will I be assessed? NB although practical assessments are carried out in groups, all grades are given individually to students for their achievements NOT to the group as a whole. Pupils are assessed either as a Btec GCSE equivalent Pass (CC) Merit (BB) Distinction (AA) Most of the assessment is marked internally by your teacher, evidenced through process, performance, written evidence and evaluation. This will take place over the course of Y10 and Y11. Students beginning study in Y9 will use this year as preparation for assessment and mock assessments. The Individual Showcase Unit of the course is externally assessed in Y11, but preparation will commence in Y10. Students will complete a letter of application and a presentation/audition in response to a selected progression opportunity e.g. a job advertisement. There will be a selection of four pre-released progression opportunities for each academic year. The assessment must be taken by students under examination conditions. What could I move onto? One of the main purposes of BTEC qualifications is to help learners to progress ultimately into employment. The vast majority of employers require learners to have certain technical skills, knowledge and understanding to work in a particular sector, but they are also looking for employability skills to ensure that employees are effective in the workplace. Unlike technical skills, which may become out-dated over time, employability skills enable learners to adapt to the ever-changing roles needed to survive in the global economy. Drama has many transferable skills to aid progression with various education/career choices as it also develops skills for work requiring a high level of confidence, these skills include: self-management, team working, business awareness and customer awareness, problem solving, communication and presentation. Previous students have found careers in Advertising, Design, Law, Health Promotion, Medicine, the Police Force, Radio, TV, Teaching and, of course, Theatre.
Exam Board: Edexcel Course title and type of qualification: First Certificate in Performing Arts Acting Links & Resources
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