Here at Newark Academy we offer a BTEC Tech Award in Performing Arts level 1/2 course.
This is an exciting opportunity for students’ who have a passion for dance to explore a variety of dance styles both practically and theoretically. This newly designed vocational course allows students to experience a range of dance styles from contemporary, Jazz and Commercial to name a few. Over the course students’ will complete 3 components to develop their practical dance skills and theoretical knowledge. Students’ will participate in technique classes and workshops and they will get the chance to showcase their performances to invited audiences.
To inspire students we have previously visited external dance colleges and companies to participate in workshops and observe professional works’ to further improve on their knowledge and understanding for their theoretical write up.
What does the qualification cover?
Students examine the roles and responsibilities of different performance artists and practitioners such as the dancer, choreographer, director and designer; as well as the different approaches and styles used. Students also develop key skills, such as being able to respond to and interpret different ideas; and be able to experience first-hand the ways in which performance artists work through the development of ideas, rehearsal and then performance.
The qualification is the same size and level as a GCSE and is aimed at everyone who wants to find out more about performing arts. It is a practical introduction to life and work in the performing arts industry, which will give young people the opportunity to develop performing arts skills and techniques, and to analyse and evaluate skills both independently and within a group.
How are students assessed?
Students carry out tasks or mini-projects throughout the course. Assessment of the course is through a variety of internally and externally assessed components. Components 1 and 2 are assessed through internal assessment. This style of assessment promotes deep learning through ensuring the connection between knowledge and practice. The components focus on:
· the development of core knowledge and understanding of a range of performance styles and disciplines, and the key features that contribute to them, such as practitioners’ roles, responsibilities, skills and techniques
· the development and application of skills, such as practical and interpretative, rehearsal and performance in acting, dance and/or musical theatre, through workshops and classes
· reflective practice through the development of skills and techniques that allow learners to respond to feedback and identify areas for improvement using relevant presentation techniques, for example a logbook.
There is one external assessment, Component 3 that provides the main synoptic assessment for the qualification. Component 3 builds directly on Components 1 and 2 and enables learning to be brought together and related to a real-life situation. Component 3: Performing to a Brief requires learners to apply performance skills and techniques in response to a brief and stimulus, developing a group workshop performance for a selected audience. The design of this external assessment ensures that there is sufficient stretch and challenge, enabling the assessment of knowledge and understanding at the end of the learning period.
We expect pupils wishing to study dance at KS4 to have a strong passion for dance and preferably to be part of a dance school outside of school, or to attend the dance club. Pupils will have 3 lessons of dance per week and for lessons are expected to wear plain black leggings, a Newark Academy PE or dance top, hair up, no jewellery and bare feet (dependent on style of dance).