BTEC Performing Arts

Our aim in Performing Arts is to help pupils to explore the world around them and to ignite their creativity, passion and interest in drama and dance.

BTEC Tech Award in Performing Arts, offers students a glimpse into a professional sector whilst teaching them transferable skills for life:

  • graded across Level 1 and Level 2 to recognise the achievements of all students
  • assessed using assignments and practical tasks to suit vocational students

Pupils are given the opportunity to develop their understanding of drama and dance. They will experience live theatre and have the opportunity to be involved in Academy productions. Pupils will consider aspects of theatrical design, including costume and set design, music and lighting.

In Performing Arts, pupils are required to make independent decisions and be self-critical, but also take into consideration the thoughts, feelings and ideas of others.

Curriculum Overview

Dance and Drama are taught on a rota throughout the year.

Year 7 Year 8

Drama Schemes include:

  • Mime/Haunted House
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
  • Devising 

Dance Scheme include:

  • Choreography
  • Rock n Roll
  • Street Dance

Drama Schemes include:

  • Script to Performance
  • Physical Theatre
  • Family Conflict/Devising

Dance Scheme include:

  • Swan Song
  • Choreography
  • Contemporary

Current Y11 pupils study GCSE Drama.  Year 9 and 10 students study BTEC Award in Performing Arts 

BTEC Technical Award in Performing Arts

Year 9 Year 10 Year 11
  • Introduction to Component 1 – Exploring the Performing Arts
  • Introduction to Component 2 – Developing Skills and Techniques in the Performing Arts
  • Introduction to Component 3 – Responding to a Brief

Component 2 : Developing Skills and Techniques in the Performing Arts

All students study acting between September and Christmas.

  • Staging a script
  • Showing progress in vocal and physical skills
  • Completing a log book
  • Final performance

Component 3: Responding to a Brief

All students have the choice of focusing on acting or dance between January and July. 

  • Devising or choreographing a piece based on an externally set brief. 
  • Interpretative skills
  • Production elements
  • Final, externally assessed performance
  • Evaluation



Component 2 continued

Component 3 (externally assessed)

  • Students are given a stimulus and assignment brief and create a performance response to it.



Internal assessments for Component 1 and 2

External assessment for Component 3.

KS4 Examination Board: Pearson BTEC Tech Award in Performing Arts Level 2



Enrichment Offer

The Department offers subject-specific enrichment clubs and organises a range of visits to the theatre throughout the year. All pupils are given the opportunity to audition for Academy productions. Intervention sessions to consolidate prior learning and ensure maximum progress are at the heart of our delivery model.

Useful Resources and Revision Support