Performing arts is a broad curriculum area that allows students’ personal growth within a successful and ever-growing industry. The course delivers a range of skills and experiences connected to developing skills for performance, rehearsing, performing and production. Students are also encouraged to support their own learning with varied extracurricular activities such as Ukulele Orchestra and Choir and recommended to take advantage of live theatre events available in the local area.


Subject Teacher: 
Mr Brown

Curriculum Outline
Music

Key Stage 3: 
In Key Stage 3 our course comprises of drama and music and focuses on building core skills, listening, composing, devising character, staying in role, group skills and performing.
Students study schemes of work that will develop their ability to communicate with an audience, rehearsal skills and performance. They will experience projects which deal with different styles of and practitioners within the field of theatre and music. The curriculum delivery seeks to prepare our students for progression on to one of the Creative and Performing Arts Faculty subjects at Key Stage 4.


Performing Arts

Key Stage 3: 
In Key Stage 3 our course comprises of drama and music and focuses on building core skills, listening, composing, devising character, staying in role, group skills and performing.
Students study schemes of work that will develop their ability to communicate with an audience, rehearsal skills and performance. They will experience projects which deal with different styles of and practitioners within the field of theatre and music. The curriculum delivery seeks to prepare our students for progression on to one of the Creative and Performing Arts Faculty subjects at Key Stage 4.

Key Stage 4:
At Key Stage 4 we deliver the NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Creative Studies: Performance Skills. This course is the equivalent of a GCSE in drama or music but offers our students a much broader range of study and is designed for learners who may be interested in the performance industry. The focus of the qualification is on the learner’s ability and desire to perform.

This qualification aims to: 

  • focus on an applied study of the performance skills industry.
  • offer breadth and depth of study, incorporating a significant core of knowledge and theoretical content with broad-ranging applicability.
  • provide opportunities to acquire a number of practical and technical skills.

The objectives of this qualification are to help learners to: 

  • acquire and develop fundamental practical skills.
  • focus on performance ability by developing critical awareness.
  • provide an opportunity to develop existing skills relating to the performance industry.

Over the duration of the course we plan to take students on a number of trips to local and West End theatres and subject related locations. In addition to this we will hold regular showcase performances alongside the other Creative and Performing Arts subjects to celebrate the success of our students.

The course comprises of two coursework units and one externally set unit, each are equally weighted.

  • Unit 1 – Developing Skills for Performance (coursework)
  • Unit 2 – Rehearse and Perform (externally set unit)
  • Unit 3 – Production in Performance (coursework)

At the end of the course students are awarded with a grade of Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction*

Key Stage 5:
At Key Stage 5 we deliver the 60-credit BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Performing Arts. The course has a specialist work-related focus and covers the key knowledge and practical skills required in the performing arts vocational sector.
Over the duration of the course we plan to take students on a number of trips to local and West End theatres and subject related locations. In addition to this we will hold regular showcase performances alongside the other Creative and Performing Arts subjects to celebrate the success of our students.

The course comprises of one mandatory unit and five optional units for a combined total of 60 credits. All of the units are internally assessed. The course has a focus on acting and we currently deliver the following units: 

  • Unit 7 – Performing to an Audience (mandatory)
  • Unit 9 – Devising Plays (optional)
  • Unit 14 – Musical Theatre Performance (optional)
  • Unit 18 – Auditions for Actors(optional)
  • Unit 19 – Principles of Acting (optional)
  • Unit 42 – The Healthy Performer (optional)

At the end of the course students are awarded with a grade of Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction*

As the Creative and Performing Arts Faculty we are planning to deliver KS5 subject related courses in response to future uptake.


Key Stage Taught (Yes / No)
Key Stage 3 Yes
Key Stage 4 Yes
Key Stage 5 Yes

Examination Information
Official name of course Qualification Level Exam Board
NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Creative Studies: Performance Skills GCSE EQV  
BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Performing Arts AS/A2