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Performing Arts (BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate)

Introduction

Lytchett offers an exciting range of courses across the performing arts spectrum. Students will be able to specialise in different performance or production areas or link qualifications together to follow a more holistic route.

The BTEC performing arts courses are exciting vocational courses. Students will explore the business of the performing arts in a practical way, specialising in acting. Students will form a theatre company which will become the basis for all assessment. As a company, students will work alongside each other to create drama productions, developing their skills as both performers and practitioners.

We advise that students combine subjects to develop their skills, improve their employability and offer more progression routes to higher education. We offer A Level Drama, BTEC Extended Certificate in Performing Arts and Acting, BTEC Extended Certificate in Performing Arts (Dance) and BTEC Subsidiary diploma in Production Arts.

Summary of course content

During the two year course, students will develop their existing skills in the relevant areas. They will produce performances and analyse live performances through regular theatre trips. The work is generally practical with students exploring new ideas through the artistic direction of their teachers.

Methods of working

Students will explore styles and ideas through workshops, exploration and full scale performances. Since the students are working as a theatre company, the majority of the tasks are production-based and all of them are relevant to current working practice.

Much of the work is experimental and looks at new ideas within theatre. Students will follow a varied and complex selection of units to develop their understanding of the performing arts business relevant to their area of expertise.

Performing Arts: Acting

Topics covered

• Investigation of performing arts and practitioners’ work
• Developing acting skills and techniques for live performance
• Group performance
• Acting styles and directing

Skills acquired

Students will develop skills specific to the performing arts business such as organising performances, budgets, risk assessments, funding and organisations. Acting students will develop both their technical performance skills through physical training whilst also working as directors and theatre practitioners.

Performing Arts: Dance

Topics covered

• Investigation of dance practitioners’ work
• Developing dance skills and techniques for live performance
• Group performance
• Choreography and dance technique

Skills acquired

Students will develop skills specific to the dance side of the performing arts business such as organising performances, budgets, risk assessments, funding and organisations. Dance students will develop both their technical performance skills through physical training whilst also working as choreographers exploring the structure and content of dance performance.

Assessment for acting and dance

Each student will complete four units which make up the BTEC Extended Certificate. Each unit is broken down into several different practical tasks.

Students will complete each task, making sure they have clear notes and have fulfilled the assessment criteria. The modules are either internally or externally assessed. Although the work and assessment are practically based, students are expected to keep log books of each production. Students must be focussed and dedicated in their note-taking and organisation.

Performing Arts: Production Arts

Topics covered

• Lighting
• Sound
• Stage design
• Costume design
• Stage management
• Events management
• Theatre maintenance/installation

Skills acquired

Students will develop skills specific to the performing arts business such as organising performances, budgets, risk assessments, funding and organisations. Production students will develop both their design and technical skills and learn to understand how to select and use technical equipment in both a practical and artistic way.

Assessment for production arts

Each student will complete six units which make up the BTEC Subsidiary Diploma. Each unit is broken down into several different practical tasks.

Students will complete each task making sure they have clear notes and have fulfilled the assessment criteria. The modules are internally assessed and then verified by an external verifier from EDEXCEL. Although the work and assessment are practically based, students are expected to keep log books of each production. Students must be focussed and dedicated in their note-taking and organisation.

Where the course leads

Overall this course provide an excellent foundation for careers in the performing arts or as a foundation for relevant higher education courses. The course is the equivalent of two A Levels and carries exactly the same weighting and UCAS points. Past students have gone on to a variety of careers in the performing arts and university courses at a number of different universities.

Special entry requirements

Students need to obtain 5 GCSEs at 9-4, (including GCSE English Language at grade 4) and ideally grade 6 or higher in GCSE drama or dance. Students who have not taken a drama or dance option need to discuss the course with Mrs Ames prior to application.

All students needs to have demonstrated a commitment to attending rehearsals and working productively with others.

In addition, students need to have performed well in their GCSE studies relative to targets. Admission to the course is subject to a successful audition.

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