Performing Arts - BTEC Level 3 Diploma
Why choose A level Drama and Theatre Studies?
Cardinal Heenan has a growing reputation in the Performing Arts. The new school building has excellent Drama facilities which include two fully equipped performance spaces and large rehearsal spaces complete with industry standard lighting rigs. The school enjoys a close partnership with the Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse and the Empire theatre.
Students are encouraged to take part in master classes with practitioners, directors, actors and playwrights, see professional productions at local and national theatres and perform at Disneyland Paris or even on Broadway New York!
The performing arts and media industries are vibrant and strong in the North West. A qualification in Drama can lead to employment in theatre, TV, education, stage managements, events management and costume design. It is also beneficial for anyone working in a people skills environment such as social work, management and customer service areas.
What will I study and learn?
BTEC Level 3 90 Credit Diploma is worth one and a half A Levels and aims to extend the knowledge, skills and understanding acquired at GCSE level. You will extend your knowledge of theatre practitioners and their contribution to the development of modern day performance styles. There are two core units which are Performing to an Audience and Performance Workshop. You will explore 7 other units ranging from areas such as Children's Theatre to Performing Arts Business. You are required to apply your knowledge, skills and understanding in order to research, create and develop devised and scripted performances. You will also explore director's interpretations of classical and contemporary playwrights. This course requires you to operate at a highly intellectual as well as highly skilled practical level.
How is the course assessed?
The course consist of 9 units including the core units each worth 10 credits.
Each unit is built around an assignment and is broken down into smaller tasks mostly leading towards a final performance. Units are graded with either a pass, merit or distinction.
Each unit is internally assessed and externally moderated. Pupils must gain 90 credits to gain this qualification.
- Level: BTEC Level 3
- Examination Board: Edexcel
- Subject Leader: Miss D Jones
- Course Leader: Miss D Jones
- Entry Requirements: GCSE Grades A*- C in 5 subjects (Including Drama, English and Mathematics) The course consist of 9 units including the core units each worth 10 credits.
- Each unit is built around an assignment and is broken down into smaller tasks mostly leading towards a final performance. Units are graded with either a pass, merit or distinction. Each unit is internally assessed and externally moderated. Pupils must gain 90 credits to gain this qualification.
Student comment: "Drama helps develop a deep understanding of real life situations and allows you to experience what it's like to be in somebody else's shoes."
SIXTH FORM COURSES
A LEVELART AND DESIGN
ART AND DESIGN (FINE ART)
ART AND DESIGN (PHOTOGRAPHY)
SPORT (MIXED MARTIAL ARTS)
The headteacher provides strong leadership to the school. Newly appointed senior leaders have strengthened the school's capacity to improve outcomes for all pupils.
The leadership of teaching is good. The quality of teaching is improving quickly; professional development is a strong feature of the school.
Progress in modern foreign languages is outstanding.
Teachers build strong relationships with pupils to aid learning.
Learners in the sixth form achieve well and the provision is very well led and managed.
The school promotes pupils' spiritual, moral, social and cultural development effectively.
Pupils have an excellent understanding of British values and the nature of life in modern Britain.
The school provides good care and support to pupils. It works effectively with other services to keep vulnerable pupils safe.
Pupils receive high-quality careers guidance and advice.