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Performing Arts - Drama

Block 4
Assessment: Internal and External
Head of Faculty: Mrs J. Purdy

What will I study?
The qualifications in Creative and Performing Arts offer a range of key acting units spanning across the Performing Arts industry. These are the qualifications for anyone who is serious about a career in the Performing Arts sector.

How will I be assessed?
There are three units:

Unit 1 – Acting for the Camera (Internally Assessed Optional Unit)
Many aspiring actors are drawn to work in film/television and commercials. To work in these areas an actor most be able to deliver and adjust instantly, almost entirely without the rehearsal process customary in theatre. An actors' contribution on the screen will be controlled by others. Acting for the Camera requires actors to have a different mind-set from stage work. Students are required to develop and plan for a filmed performance either independently or as part of a collaboration.

Unit 2 – Performing Text (Internally Assessed Optional Unit)
The aims of this unit are to develop the skills necessary for analysing a piece of dialogue in drama and to be able to perform it appropriately. To give learners practical experience of these skills using both modern and classic texts. The purpose of this unit is to enable learners to develop the skills to perform text appropriately.

Unit 3 – Live Performance (Externally Assessed Core Unit)
The Certificate has an externally assessed core unit – Live Performance – which takes the form of a controlled assessment. The controlled assessment involves the planning, execution and evaluation of a practical performance. None of the qualifications involve a written examination.

You will be assessed according to the grading criteria and can achieve a Pass, Merit or Distinction.

What skills will I need?
You must, above all, have a real interest in acting, performance and stage craft. The basic requirements will have been covered and developed during your time in Years 7 - 8 and this qualification gives you the opportunity to expand on this further. You also need to be self-disciplined, as much of the required work is undertaken independently.

What happens in lessons?
In lessons you will develop your skills in acting. You will undergo the research and rehearsal process necessary for performance and enhance your understanding of acting and stage craft. Throughout the lessons you will work on a reflective diary where you will document and record your process throughout the modules. This will then be submitted to the external examiners for approval.

Progression to Post 16
The Faculty offers progression in the RSL Performing Arts courses at Level 3 in both Acting and Musical Theatre.

Ken Stimpson Community School
Staniland Way
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