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Key Stage 4 Options Booklet 2017/2018

Performing Art Department

A GCSE in any performing arts subject is an excellent qualification to have for many career paths as it shows total commitment to a particular area of study or interest. Performers spend many hours on their own and in groups rehearsing to improve and so valuable skills are developed in all three arts subjects.

As performers, students will develop confidence, self-esteem and presentation skills and through devising and creating personal work, your abilities to sensitively critique, deeply evaluate and act upon feedback to improve will be expanded, all of which are very useful for a number of vocations and the arts also provide an excellent discussion point in interviews.

All performing arts students are exposed to national professional performances, broadening their outlook on life and offering experiences to become a well-rounded individual. If you are creative and are looking for a qualification to express yourself, then you should consider a GCSE in the Performing Arts Department.

Courses and options offered in Performing Arts

  • GCSE Dance
  • GCSE Drama
  • GCSE Music

Trips and visits

The Performing Arts Department regularly organises a range of local and national theatre trips to support and develop the knowledge, understanding and application of skills.

GCSE Dance
Exam BoardAQA
AssessmentExam and coursework
OverviewThis is an optional course, taught over two lessons. This course allows students to study this powerful and expressive art form, developing their creative, physical, emotional and intellectual capacity whilst building upon their interest in dance. The areas of study include a wide range of dance styles and dance fusions and is designed to allow the study of dance through performance, composition and appreciation.
Units studied

Unit 1: Performance and choreography – Students will perform a solo performance and a performance in a duo or trio jointly created by the students and teacher. They will also create their own solo or group choreography.

Unit 2: Dance appreciation – A written exam following the study of an anthology of professional dance work.

Progression to Sixth FormThis course can lead to the study of A Level Dance.
GCSE Drama
Exam BoardAQA
AssessmentExam and coursework
OverviewThis is an optional course, taught over two lessons. Students take part in a variety of written and practical lessons aimed at developing their understanding of Drama and Theatre. They will explore practitioners, styles and genres while creating their own devised performances and developing skills to critically analyse a live production. The course allows students to flourish, gain the confidence to pursue their own ideas then reflect and refine their efforts. Students of GCSE Drama emerge with a toolkit of transferable skills that are applicable to further studies and the workplace.
Units studied

Unit 1: Understanding Drama

Unit 2: Devising Drama

Unit 3: Texts in practice

Progression to Sixth FormThis course can lead to the study of A Level Theatre Studies.
GCSE Music
Exam BoardEdexcel
AssessmentExam and coursework
Overview

This is an optional course, taught over two lessons. This course looks at a wide range of styles. Areas of study include Instrumental music, Vocal music, Film and Theatre and World Music.

During the course students will also learn performance and composition skills that will be assessed through coursework elements. Ability to play an instrument is essential. Students are strongly encouraged to have private tuition in their instrument throughout the course to support the performance element. A range of instrumental lessons are available through the department with specialist instrumental teachers.

Units studied

Unit 1: Performing Music (coursework)

Unit 2: Composing Music (coursework)

Unit 3: Listening and Appraising (exam)

Progression to Sixth FormThis course can lead to the study of A Level Music.
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