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Key Stage 3

Not available at Key Stage 3.

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Key Stage 4

Not available at KS4.

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Key Stage 5


Location: Laurelhill Community College

Specific Entry Requirements: Minimum Grade C in GCSE Drama or Merit in BTEC Level 2 Performing Arts is desirable.

Course Content Mandatory units:

  • Investigating Practitioners’ Work - Learners will investigate and critically analyse the work of two practitioners in a response to a task set by the awarding body, this will take the form of an essay. 

  • Developing Skills and Techniques for Live Performance – Learners will explore technical performance skills with a focus on developing skills and techniques in at least two performance styles. This will include practical workshops focusing on acting, dance, musical theatre and physical theatre. A final performance piece presenting one style will be internally assessed.

  • Group Performance Workshop - Students will learn how to respond to a given stimulus e.g. poem, theme, photograph, as part of a group, using research, discussion and practical exploration to develop performance material and later present an informal presentation of the work to an invited audience. 

Optional Units: Learners must complete at least one optional unit. Some of the optional units include: 

  • Acting Styles 

  • Developing Voice for Performance

  • Improvisation

  • Movement in Performance

  • Musical Theatre Techniques

  • Variety Performance

  • Interpreting Classical Text for Performance

Assessment Methods: There are three mandatory units, 1 internal and 2 external. Learners must complete and achieve a Pass grade or above for all these units.

Progression: Successful students may wish to pursue a career in the world of theatre, TV, film, radio and entertainment. Employment opportunities also exist in arts administration, teaching, marketing and arts therapy.

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