Drama - Options 2024

Course Specification:              BTEC Tech Award in Performing Arts

Course contact:                        Miss Jones                    jones.c@whiteroseacademies.org

What will I learn?

Within this course you will develop both your practical and theoretical skills to enable you to have all the knowledge you need to progress and successfully study Drama at college or university. We will also prepare you for the world of professional theatre, running our practical lessons as workshops and rehearsals where you will be expected to use self-regulation to work independently and develop your performance within a group.



The course is made up of 3 components. A breakdown of each component is below:

Year 10

Component 1: Exploring the Performing Arts

To develop in the performing arts, you will need a broad understanding of performance work and influences. This component will help you to understand the requirements of being a performer. In this component you will develop a practical understanding of how performing arts work is created. You will look at elements such as roles, responsibilities and the application of relevant skills and techniques. You will have the chance to explore practically the work of different professionals to develop an appreciation of the methods they use to explore a theme and communicate to audiences through their work. You will broaden your knowledge through observing existing repertoire and by learning about professionals’ approaches and how they create and influence performance material.

Year 11

Component 2: Developing Skills & Techniques in the Performing Arts

Working as a performer requires the application of skills, techniques and practices that enable you to produce and interpret performance work. In this component, you will develop performing skills and techniques, giving you the opportunity to specialise as a performer r in one or more of the following disciplines: acting, dance, musical theatre. You will take part in workshops and classes where you will develop technical, practical and interpretative skills through the rehearsal and performance process. You will work from existing performing arts repertoire, applying relevant skills and techniques to reproduce performance or design elements of the work. Throughout your development, you will review your own progress and consider how to make improvements.

Component 3: Responding to a Brief

In this component, you will have the opportunity to respond to a brief. You will be given a brief that outlines the performance requirements and asks you to consider your target audience and to start the creative process by using the stimulus included in the brief. Working as part of a group, you will develop your ideas for a workshop performance and apply your skills and techniques to communicate your creative intentions to your audience. The performance skills you will use will vary depending on features such as your selected performance discipline and the content of the work, your venue and target audience. The work may involve improvisation, vocal work, movement techniques or assisting with audience involvement. The group performance may involve some solo or small-group work, or it may be an ensemble piece. You will have the opportunity to inform the performance using existing or newly developed skills in performing or designing and adapting them to suit the performance.

How will I be assessed?

Component 1: Exploring the Performing Arts (Internal Assessment)

Learners will develop their understanding of the performing arts by examining the work of performing arts professionals and the processes used to create performance.

Component 2: Developing Skills and Techniques in the Performing Arts (Internal Assessment)

Learners will develop their performing arts skills and techniques through the reproduction of acting, dance and/or musical theatre repertoire as performers or designers.

Component 3: Responding to a Brief (External Assessment)

Learners will be given the opportunity to work as part of a group to contribute to a workshop performance as either a performer or a designer in response to a brief and stimulus.

Future Opportunities and Careers

  • Alongside the lessons, we encourage you to join the Drama Club which runs one day a week after school. This will allow you to be involved in enrichment which directly links to the course and will enable you to develop your skills in a practical way. In Drama club we work towards a performance where parents get the opportunity to see your work and you can perform to an audience.
  • Additionally, if you are interested in working as an Actor professionally, we can support you with how to apply for an Agent, help you to develop a portfolio of work to use for auditions and as a school we have links to professional theatre companies and television producers who notify us if they are looking for young people to audition for their programmes and performances.

Further Information

We aim to organise at least one theatre trip per year which will be exclusive for students who have taken this course to expose you to the industry and for you to see the impact professional theatre can have.

In addition to this, the trip will also link directly and prepare you for your Component 1 & 2 assessments.