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Performing Arts

Qualification: Performing Arts BTEC First

Exam Board/Specification: Pearson

Is this course right for you?

The BTEC Performing Arts course is a relatively new and exciting course developed as a partnership between the Music, Dance and Drama Departments. The course requires students to engage in all three disciplines equally and develops their identities as creative and expressive learners in a more holistic fashion.

What does the course involve?

Examples of units chosen for study might include: Performing Arts Production Process; Musical Theatre Performance, Urban Dance Styles, Working in the Performing Arts Industry; Working as a Musical Ensemble; Lighting/Sound Operations for Stage Performance; Acting Skills and Techniques; Solo Performance Study; Performing Dance.

A study of the Performing Arts promotes a very wide array of skills which are highly valued and recognised by the general workforce as well as more specialised pathways in the Arts. Students are encouraged to become:

  • Independent enquirers
  • Self-managers
  • Reflective Learners
  • Team Workers
  • Effective Participators
  • Creative Thinkers

This course represents a fresh and collaborative approach to teaching and learning within the Performing Arts‟ community at Hinckley Academy and John Cleveland Sixth Form Centre and it aims to celebrate the School’s Gold Arts Mark status.

What about coursework and external assessments?

Assessment is 80% coursework and 20% external assessment.

The assessment approach to BTEC courses allows you to receive feedback on your progress throughout the course, as you work towards the grading criteria. It takes the emphasis away from examinations and timed coursework and, instead, values the processes and „learning journeys‟ that you may undertake throughout the course. More specifically, learning is evidenced through video/audio recordings, reflections, log books, portfolios, tutorials, target setting, and research tasks.

Progression opportunities (Sixth Form and beyond)

You can go on to study a Level 3 BTEC course running in many nearby colleges. Alternatively, you could opt for further training in complimentary areas of the Performing Arts, such as costume design, stage management, arts promotion, etc. Apprenticeships in theatres and production companies may also be options available to you.

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