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DRAMA BTEC

What is a BTEC Level 2 course in Acting and Drama?
If you are a creative person who enjoys working socially in groups and you are interested in learning about the world around you, then Drama is for you. Communication and teamwork is the essence of drama, both being functional skills, demanded by higher education and the work place. Drama develops creativity, problem solving, thinking skills and helps us to understand our society in both contemporary and historical contexts.

COURSE OUTLINE
The units we study are:
Acting skills and Techniques, Musical Theatre, Physical Theatre, Performing Scripts, Devising, The Performing Arts Industry and Professional development in the Performing Arts Industry.

You will learn about the skills required to present, speak and perform to particular target audiences. You will learn about movement, gesture, body language, voice, projection, intonation, pitch and pace, creating characters. A variety of genres are taught Social realism, Victorian and Gothic Theatre, Satire, Children’s Theatre and Musical Theatre. Students learn about job opportunities within the industry and progression routes as part of their course, learning about other roles in the industry such as costume designer, playwright, director, sound engineer or production manager. GCS also prepares students for college by including the college curriculum in our secondary setting.

ASSESSMENT
You can choose the double option which allows you to devote 6 hours per week to your craft and is worth the equivalent of four GCSE grades. The single option which allows you to study drama 3 hours per week is worth the equivalent of two GCSE grades.

BTEC is modular and assessed regularly. You will be given a ‘brief’ at the beginning of each unit which will state an assessment mission. Specialist Optional units are assessed as well as core units, both which total to 10 credits per unit. This means that once the unit has been completed you will have attained 10 credits towards your final mark. Assessments within core and specialist units will require students to;

· Plan performance’s
· Work co-operatively in a group
· Evaluate performances of self and peers
· Research methods and forms
· Advertise
· Keep a log book
· Make links with outside organisations
· Perform

Assessment is based on collating the evidence from this brief. Evidence is in the form of both practical and written work and is worth 100% of your final mark.

PROGRESSION
Some examples of ex-Gladesmore Drama students who used their Drama qualification in their route into further education.
Actor: Ibrahim Sessay ‘I wanted to pursue acting after studying BTEC drama at GCS, so I auditioned for ‘The Brit school of Performing Arts’ and out of 2000 applicants I was accepted’.

Lighting Designer: Onur Aksu ‘I studied drama at GCS. When I left school I wanted to become more involved in the technical side of theatre. I gained a place at Mountview Theatre Arts. There I did my degree in lighting design, now I design lighting for London’s West End Theatre shows.

Doctor: Ricky Vaja Ricky is a former GCS student training to become a doctor. He knew he would not become an actor but studying drama was a way that he could develop his communication skills, whilst expressing his creative side. Being a doctor requires an excellent level of communication skills.

By studying Drama you could specialise in being an Actor, Designer (lighting, set, costume, make-up, sound) Theatre critic, Theatre Historian, Puppeteer, Stage Manager, Director, Musical Theatre Actor, Teacher, Drama Therapist, Arts Administrator, TV Presenter, Performance Artist, lawyer, doctor, civil service, media, broadcasting to name a few. Acting can also develop social skills, personal and self awareness, creativity, problem solving and confidence. These skills would be beneficial for any career.

A BTEC Level 2 Extended certificate or Diploma prepares you for employment and provides a good grounding to go on to more advanced courses such as AVCE in Performing Arts, BTEC Level 3 Diploma or Certificate and A-Levels at college.

With further training or study, students go into careers in the Performing Arts industry. By studying Drama you could specialise in being an Actor, Designer (lighting, set, costume, make-up, sound) Theatre critic, Theatre Historian, Puppeteer, Stage Manager, Director, Musical Theatre Actor, Teacher, Drama Therapist, Arts Administrator, TV Presenter, Performance Artist.

Acting can also develop social skills, personal and self awareness, creativity, problem solving and confidence. These skills would be beneficial for any career.

A BTEC Level 2 Extended certificate or Diploma prepares you for employment and provides a good grounding to go on to a more advanced course such as AVCE in Performing Arts, BTEC Level 3 Diploma or Certificate in Performing Arts, Music Practice or Music Technology.

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