Expressive & Performing Arts

 

DANCE

HEAD OF DEPARTMENT:  Mr Warburton
GCSE EXAM BOARD:  AQA
TEACHERS:
Mr Warburton (Head of Drama & Music) – Ms Jordan (Dance)

GCSE Dance helps students develop technical and expressive skills as well as knowledge and understanding of dance through performance, choreography and critical appreciation of dance.
This four unit specification enables students to:
– Increase their confidence and self-esteem employ the skills of problem solving and creativity.
– Make knowledgeable decisions about dances.It allows students to actively and physically demonstrate their abilities through the controlled assessment which is worth 60% of the qualification and the practical exam, worth 20%.

This course provides a solid foundation for a career in dance or performing arts and/or further studies in dance or performing arts, including A-level Dance.

Assessment
Unit 1- Critical appreciation of Dance – Written exam – 20%

Unit 2: Set Dance practical exam – 20%
Unit 3: Performance in a duo/group – 20%
Unit 4: Choreography – 40%

Higher Education Courses/Careers
Sixth Form:   A Level Dance
Dance can be studied with a variety of other subjects at University.
Careers where this course may be useful: Musical Theatre, Choreography, Dance coaching, Teaching.

DRAMA

HEAD OF DEPARTMENT:  Mr Warburton
GCSE EXAM BOARD:  WJEC
TEACHERS:
Mr Warburton (Head of Drama & Music)

 

The GCSE covers a broad range of aspects of Drama and the Theatre and allows student’s to explore a variety of topics and themes within the content of the course, using their performance skills in devising and using scripts.

It prepares students with an excellent grounding for further education and to explore Drama at Theatre School. Students visit live performances at Professional Theatres, work with Professional actors and get the opportunity to perform at Loreto College as part of the MANCEP Shakespeare Festival. 60% of the course is internally assessed and externally moderated embedding coursework and practical work. 40% of the course is externally assessed.

Assessment
Unit 1-40% – Devised drama exploration internally assessed. Externally moderated Technical Support 40%
Unit 2-20% – Exploring play texts internally assessed. Externally moderated. Technical Support 20%
Unit 3-40% – Written Drama Examination. This will consist of a selection of  questions on a set text and a live theatre review based on one question from a choice of two.

Higher Education Courses/Careers
Sixth Form:   A Level Theatre Studies A Level Drama
Drama can be studied with a variety of other subjects at many Universities.
Careers where this course may be useful: Performing, Acting, Musical Theatre, Youth Theatre, Teaching,  Careers in all areas of the Performing Arts industry.

MUSIC

HEAD OF DEPARTMENT:  Mr Warburton
GCSE EXAM BOARD:  AQA
TEACHERS:
Mr Jackson

 

GCSE Music helps students to develop subject knowledge, understanding and skills, through listening to a variety of music, playing music and creating their own music. The specification places a strong weighting on practical aspects of music (70 per cent), with choices catering for a wide range of interests and abilities. This four-unit GCSE assesses students’ skills in listening and appraising, composing and performing music. It is expected as part of the course that students will take part in extra-curricular groups and performances.

GCSE Music offers a solid foundation for progression to other music studies, including A Level Music and often to a music-related career. Our course provides the opportunity for students to develop valuable transferable skills such as self-confidence, concentration, creativity, evaluation and team work.

Assessment
Unit 1- Listening to and appraising Music 42701 written paper- 1 hour 80 marks 20%
Unit 2: Composing and appraising Music 42702 Externally assessed 40 marks 20%
Unit 3: Performing Music 42703 Controlled assessment- 60 marks 40%
Unit 4: Composing Music 42704 Controlled assessment 30 marks 20%

Higher Education Courses/Careers
Sixth Form:   A Level Music
A Level Music Technology
BTEC Music Level 3
Music can be studied with a variety of other subjects at University.
Careers where this course may be useful: Singer, composer, music technician, song writer, Music Teacher and other areas of the Music Industry.

PERFORMING ARTS BTEC LEVEL 2

HEAD OF DEPARTMENT:  Mr Warburton
EXAM BOARD: PEARSON
TEACHERS:
Mr Warburton

 

The course will allow you to explore and develop a wide variety of skills for successful performance, devise and workshop your own ideas, explore and perform scripts and gain an understanding of the Performing Arts industry. It is made up of 3 units:

1. Exploring the Performing Arts
2. Developing Skills and techniques
3. Performing to a brief

Assessment
Units 1 and 2 are internally assessed by class teachers and both written coursework and practical work forms the evidence for the assessments. The final unit is externally assessed with an examiner watching the performances and also a short written exam (students can do prep work for this exam and it is based on the practical work they have done).

Higher Education Courses/Careers
BTEC Level 3 Performing Arts, A level Theatre Studies or A Level Drama at College.

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