Expressive & Performing Arts

 

DANCE

HEAD OF DEPARTMENT:  Mr Warburton
GCSE EXAM BOARD:  AQA
TEACHERS:
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.
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
Component 1: Performance and Choreography- 60%
(practical exam internally marked and externally moderated.
Component 2: Dance Appreciation- 40% (written exam)
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.
* All qualifications are subject to change following consideration of any new specifications.

 

 

DRAMA

HEAD OF DEPARTMENT:  Mr Warburton
GCSE EXAM BOARD:  WJEC
TEACHERS:
Mr Warburton (Head of Expressive and Performing Arts)

 

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.

* All qualifications are subject to change following consideration of any new specifications.

 

MUSIC

MUSIC – GCSE
HEAD OF DEPARTMENT:  Mr Warburton
GCSE EXAM BOARD:  AQA
TEACHERS:
Mr Jackson  (Music Teacher)

 

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 (60 percent), with choices catering for a wide range of interests and abilities. This three-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

Component 1: Understanding music – Listening and Study Pieces – 40%

Component 2: Performing music – Solo performance and Ensemble performance – 30%

Component 3: Composing music – Composition to a brief and Own composition – 30%

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.

* All qualifications are subject to change following consideration of any new specifications.

 

MUSIC – BTEC

Head of Department: Mr Warburton

Exam Board: Pearson

Teacher – Mr Jackson (Music Teacher)

BTEC Firsts in Music can help you take your first steps towards a career in the music industry. You’ll learn essential skills from performing and composing to producing, sound engineering and promoting a new track, album or concert.

This course allows you to engage with the music industry and develop a range of relevant practical and technical skills. You will explore music product development and events management, and apply your knowledge in new and practical industry-related contexts. The qualification is the same size and level as a GCSE, and is aimed at everyone who wants to find out more about the music industry. You will study the following two mandatory units, covering the fundamental knowledge, skills and understanding required for the music sector and industry and managing a music product.

You will build on the knowledge gained in the mandatory units, and explore two subsectors of the music industry, music composition and music performance.

Assessment

Unit 1 – Working in the Music Industry 25%

Unit 2 – Creating a Music Product 25%

Unit 3 – Composition 25%

Unit 4 – Performance 25%

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.

* All qualifications are subject to change following consideration of any new specifications.

PERFORMING ARTS BTEC LEVEL 2

HEAD OF DEPARTMENT:  Mr Warburton
EXAM BOARD: PEARSON
TEACHERS:
Mr Warburton (Head of Expressive and Performing Arts)

 

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.

* All qualifications are subject to change following consideration of any new specifications.

 

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