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Drama & Performing Arts

At Hodge Hill College, the Drama department’s aim for its pupils is to become confident, independent and expressive thinkers. Pupils will have the knowledge to select the relevant techniques and the ability to utilise the appropriate skills to present an effective performance, in a lesson or school performance.

As the Drama and English departments work in collaboration, pupils who study Drama will demonstrate their understanding of character’s feelings, motivations and relationships with others within texts. In addition, following their dramatic and practical approach to a text, our students will be able to make links and interpretations for a thorough analysis.

 The Drama department at Hodge Hill College invites pupils to develop their creativity, imagination and expression.

Five Year Plan

   

Key Stage Four

BTEC Performing Arts
Exam board Edexcel
Examined by Three components: Two internally assessed and externally moderated by the exam board & One externally assessed and moderated.
Key topics taught

Component 1: Exploring the Performing Arts (Internally assessed)

Component 2: Developing Skills and Techniques in the Performing Arts (Internally assessed)

Component 3: Performing to a Brief (externally assessed)

 

The course allows pupils to:

  • Develop key skills that prove learners’ aptitude in performing arts, such as responding to stimulus and reproducing repertoire
  • Process effective ways of working in the performing arts, such as the development of ideas, rehearsal and performances.
  • Consider important attitudes within the performing arts, including personal management and communication
  • Learn and develop knowledge of effective skills, processes and attitudes in the sector, such as roles, responsibilities, performance disciplines and styles.

Students are encouraged to work individually and within groups, therefore developing skills of self-motivation, dedication, research, teamwork skills and communication of ideas.

The course weighting is:

  • Component 1 - Exploring the Performing Arts (internal assessment) 30%
  • Component 2 – Developing Skills and Techniques in the Performing Arts (internal assessment) 30%
  • Component 3 – Performing to a Brief (external assessment) 40%

 Year 10

Year 10 pupils will recap and focus on various skills, genres and practitioners, therefore developing their understanding of acting by examining the work of existing practitioners and the processes used to create a performance. This is the focus of Component 1 – Exploring the Performing Arts, which will be completed during this period.

Pupils will also begin applying skills learnt in Component 1, to Component 2, which gives pupils a practical overview of the skills, techniques and knowledge required for the discipline of acting. Students will develop technical, stylistic and interpretive skills in relation to published plays.

 Year 11

In Year 11 students will take their knowledge of Components 1 and 2, along with their personal experience of Drama to respond to an assessment task brief provided by Pearson.  Component 3 – Performing to a Brief, the final performance, externally assessed, is held in May of Year 11.