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Performing Arts Key Stage 4


The BTEC Performing Arts course is a practical based subject, which provides you with the opportunity to develop skills that will offer you multiple opportunities to experience a variety of
career options in the Performing Arts industry. Do you enjoy performing (acting, singing, dancing, playing and instrument) or maybe learning what goes on behind the scene as a technician on the lighting and sound box or even try make-up.

Have you got:
• An interest in the theatre or in technological areas within the arts industry?
• An interest in acting/performing/music?
• An ability to research information and communicate ideas?
• An ability to work individually and with others to develop and create shows using our state of the art new theatre?

If yes, then you should consider taking Performing Arts as an option at Key Stage 4

The Course

Pupils must complete two core units:
• Unit 1: Individual Showcase
• Unit 2: Preparation, Performance and Production And choose one other optional unit from various Performing Arts disciplines:
• Unit 3: Acting
• Unit 4: Dance
• Unit 5: Musical Theatre (Acting, Singing and Dancing)
• Unit 6: Music Performance (Instrumental or Singing)
• Unit 7: Production Skills for Performance (Sound, Lighting, Make-up and Costume Design) Assessment
• Pupils complete the two core units and one optional unit
• Unit 1 is the only external component and is worth 25% of the course
• All other units are internally assessed by the school and moderated by the exam board.

These amount to 75% of the course.


BTEC Performing Arts provides a good grounding for BTEC Performing Arts in Sixth Form. There are many professions linked to performing arts such as; actor, singer, dancer choreographer, teacher, costume design, entertainer, technician, hair and make-up artist as well as stage management.

Any questions? Ask Mrs Diane John in the Music and Performing Arts Department. You could also look on the internet for information or even YouTube where there will be examples of performances and technician work so that you can make an informed choice.

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