St John Plessington Catholic College


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Head of Department:

Miss S Chesters




BTEC Level 2 Tech Award in Performing Arts (Acting)

Programme of study

Throughout the course, you will become a member of a theatre company, devising and rehearsing

performance material for a live audience. The course is a vocational course and as such it is designed to

develop knowledge and understanding of the Performing Arts sector by applying skills during performance.

You will study the following three components over a period of two years:

Component 1: Exploring the Performing Arts

This component is designed to give an overview of what it is like to work in the Performing Arts Industry. You will explore performance styles, creative intentions and purpose. You will also investigate how practitioners create and influence what is performed. You will discover performance roles, skills, techniques and processes.

Component 2: Develop Skills and Techniques in the Performing Arts

In this component you will take part in workshops and rehearsals of existing work, and reflect on the whole process and explore where your talents lie.

Component 3: Performing to a Brief

You will respond to the provided brief, using previous knowledge to develop performance material.

This component is designed to draw upon the knowledge acquired in components 1 and 2 and as such should

showcase skills. You will develop and perform a piece of theatre to a selected audience and will be required to reflect on the work created. This unit is set and assessed by the exam board.

How is the course structured?

The BTEC Level 2 Tech Award in Performing Arts (Acting) is run over two years and the content is broken down

into three components. Points are awarded for each component based upon the final grade obtained for each one. You must complete all three components in order to achieve the required amount of points.

Component 1: Internally assessed unit. 30% of the total course grade.

Component 2: Internally assessed unit. 30% of the total course grade.

Component 3: Externally set task. 40% of the total course grade.

How will my work be assessed?

All components are assessed through the production of a live performance and written portfolio work.

All work completed for Component 3 will be set by the exam board in the form of a pre-released brief andexternally assessed. Work completed for Components 1 and 2 will be marked and assessed internally andcovers the full range of activities, including the performance and supporting written portfolio work

What can these qualifications lead to?

This course prepares you for Further and Higher Education and employment. It may lead to you studyingPerforming Arts in Sixth Form at SJP. You may also go on to study the subject at university or specialistcolleges, or perhaps go on to work in the entertainment industry. The course may also be a good choice for those who just wish to develop their confidence through Performing Arts or have a passion for performing.