Drama

Key Stage 3

Drama

Drama enables pupils to explore, develop and express ideas and concepts which will help them make sense of reality. Drama is a life skill and a creative art form. It helps pupils develop their ability to use voice, movement, gesture and facial expression, in acting, mime, dance drama and improvisation. They can express and manage their thoughts and feelings – shared and experienced – while working in a safe and controlled environment. The development of these skills encourages self-confidence and self awareness. It promotes the development of the individual in a group context: roles and ideas are negotiated, problems solved and decisions made together. Drama often leads to performance for a wider audience.

Key Stage 4

NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Creative Studies: Performance Skills

The NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Creative Studies for Performance Skills is listed on the Register of Regulated Qualifications and is part of the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF).

This qualification forms part of a suite of qualifications which have been developed to meet the Department for Education’s (DfE’s) requirements for high-quality, rigorous qualifications which:

  • Have appropriate content for the learner to acquire core knowledge and practical skills
  • Allow the qualification to be graded
  • Provide synoptic assessment
  • Enable progression to a range of study and employment opportunities

The qualification features on the DfE list of approved Technical Award qualifications for Key Stage 4 performance tables.

Students will study two mandatory units as well as one optional unit. These units include:

  • Unit 1 – Developing skills for performance (mandatory)
  • Unit 2 – Prepare and perform (mandatory)
  • Unit 3 – Performance production in practice (optional)
  • Unit 4 – Performance design and technology in context (optional)

Unit 1 – Developing skills for performance

This unit provides an opportunity for learners to assess the skills required for their chosen art form and explore the benefits and practicalities of skills development. Learners will understand the importance of rehearsals in the development of their skills.

Guided learning hours: 30

Level: 2

This unit is mandatory

This unit is internally assessed.

Unit 2 – Prepare and perform

This unit develops the understanding and effectiveness of preparing for, taking part in and evaluating a performance, taking into consideration the needs of the audience.

Guided learning hours: 30

Level: 2

This unit is mandatory

This unit is externally assessed.

Unit 3 – Performance production in practice

This unit develops the learner’s understanding of the practical and organisational processes that surround the successful staging of a performance. It develops an understanding of the co-operative nature of a production team and enables the learner to get involved in the development process.

Guided learning hours: 60

Level: 2

This unit is optional

This unit is internally assessed.

Unit 4 – Performance design and technology in context

This unit develops the learner’s knowledge of how design and production skills contribute to an overall performance product. This unit may cover costume, prop and set, sound or lighting. Learners will explore different technical roles and assess the impacts these roles have on the overall development and production process. Learners will also explore the requirements of a design brief for a production and create a technical design in relation to the brief.

Guided learning hours: 60

Level: 2

This unit is optional

This unit is internally assessed.

 

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