During this year, students will build on skills that they have touched on in Y7 and 8 Drama and will strengthen their ability in creating, performing and evaluating.
Students will develop their technique and communication skills through voice and movement and effectively learn how to demonstrate audience awareness. Acting students are able to devise and develop their own Drama performances inspired by a range of stimuli and also explore a wide variety of theatrical genres. They will study a published play script and also learn a scripted extract from a play and perform this for assessment. All of which are skills that they will need as they continue through the Acting course into Y10.
There will also be the opportunity for each year group to see live theatre during the course of the academic year.
Overview of KS4
BTEC Acting consists of 3 components and if you are successful you will be awarded a Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction*.
The award is equivalent to one GCSE at A*-C. However, if Level 2 is not reached a Level 1 P may be awarded.
Work is assessed through internal and external assessment and students will be required to complete written coursework tasks throughout, building a portfolio as evidence of your achievements on the BTEC course.
The 3 Components are; Exploring the Performing Arts, Developing Skills and Techniques in the Performing Arts and Responding to a Brief.
Component 1: Exploring the Performing Arts allows students to practically tackle 3 theatre genres or plays where exploration is taught through workshops and in the written portfolio. Previous examples include Pantomime, Everybody’s Talking about Jamie, I Love you Mum; I Promise I won’t die, Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime and Blood Brothers. There will also be the opportunity to visit the theatre at least once during this time.
Component 2: Developing Skills and Techniques in the Performing Arts is the performance element of the course. Students will participate in skills workshops to extend their learning and understanding of preparing for performance, and will then rehearse and finally perform a scripted section from a play, either in a monologue, duologue or group piece.
Component 3: Responding to a Brief is the external part of the course and the culmination and celebration of everything that has been learnt over the 2 year course where students devise a piece of theatre based on a set brief from the exam board.
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