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Sixth Form

Performing Arts BTEC National

Subject: BTEC Performing Arts

Hours taught per fortnight (KS5): 9

The Performing Arts curriculum aims to broaden students’ understanding of theatre and performance, enabling them to pursue a career in the creative arts industries. Knowledge of theatre practitioners and their impact on contemporary theatre is explored and applied to students’ own work through a series of written tasks, presentations and practical workshops. At the end of the first year, students are tasked with creating a piece using an existing text and their knowledge and understanding of the range of practitioners studied. During the second year, a continued focus on the devising process includes the techniques required to create individual and original material. A final performance is based on a given stimuli and the journey through the devising process is supported by continued research and refinement.

The curriculum is enriched by a range of extra-curricular opportunities including Playwriting, The National Theatre Connections Festival and an annual whole school production. A range of academic reading tasks support learning beyond the classroom and students are required to support a KS3 drama class to develop the leadership skills required for a role in the performing arts industry.

For a summary of the curriculum, please see the document below.