BTEC Performing Arts (Acting)
Miss B Tregoning (Creative Arts Vocational Co-ordinator)
The full title of the course is Edexcel BTEC Level 2 First Award in Performing Arts (Acting). This is a vocational course and is the equivalent to 1 GCSE grade.
What will you study on the course?
During the course, you will study two core units. These are called ‘Individual Showcase’ and ‘Preparation, performance and production’. These units are designed to prepare you for the vocational world of performing arts, developing your performing skills and providing you with essential knowledge of the industry. You will also complete a specialist unit, in this case, ‘Acting’, which will develop your rehearsal technique, your interpretive skills, and your ability to develop a role.
How will the course be taught?
A variety of approaches will be used. However most teaching will be done through practical workshops. We would also hope for some sessions to be led by outside agencies, including theatre in education companies and professional actors. We will also occasionally run theatre trips to highlight the skills and styles covered in school based sessions.
How will your work be assessed?
For the first time, up to 25% of the course will be externally assessed by Edexcel. The course consists of three units, for which they will need to complete a variety of coursework. This will include both practical assessed performances as well as written work, covering aspects such as the preparation and rehearsal procedures for performances and research projects. Assignments will be graded at a pass, merit or distinction.
What about jobs?
This is a vocational course and provides an excellent preparation for any career, as it will build confidence and presentation skills, which are needed in most forms of employment.