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Performing Arts - Curriculum Page

Drama and the Performing Arts are central to providing a wide and diverse range of excellent opportunities, inside and outside the classroom, that enable our young people to develop exceptionally well both academically and personally.  

Through our ambitious curriculum pupils will gain subject specific knowledge alongside skills in Drama and Performing Arts. With rich connections across subject areas, they will interleave knowledge, skills and understanding whilst developing their “soft” skills such as teamwork, confidence, communication, resilience, creativity and problem solving.

All pupils will have the opportunity to participate in Drama at KS3 with the aim that they will build knowledge and skills fundamental to success at KS4, 5 and beyond. They will be provided with the opportunity to engage in a range of extra-curricular clubs, workshops, trips and performance opportunities.

The comprehensive vision for Drama and the Performing Arts is to engage pupils in the arts, develop their wider understanding of the world and culture.

Subject Leader

Mrs Raby

BTEC Performing Arts - Years 10 and 11

Exam Board and Syllabus Code

Edexcel BTEC Level 1 / 2 Tech Award in Performing Arts Qualification (QN) 600 478 59

This course is a single option at Key Stage 4, resulting in a grade of Distinction, Merit or Pass and provides the equivalent points of 1 GCSE at 9-7


BTEC qualifications are designed to provide specialist work-related qualifications in a range of sectors. They have been developed to provide the knowledge, understanding and skills necessary to prepare learners for employment and /or to provide career development opportunities for those already in work. On successful completion of a BTEC Tech Award qualification learners may progress into or within employment and/ or continue study in the vocational area or related course of study. Pupils will study Dance, Drama and Musical Theatre.


  • Component 1: Exploring the Performing Arts: A written report, research journal and presentation on a range of practitioners
  • Component 2: Developing Skills and Techniques on the Performing Arts Written log book and recordings of workshops, skill development and final performance
  • Component 3: Responding to a brief Devising from a stimulus, written log book and recordings of rehearsal process and final performance


Each topic is assessed by pupils’ ability to make, perform and respond to their own work and that of theatre professionals. This will include devising and designing from a given stimulus, recall of key information, analysis and evaluation of professional repertory and the study of theatre history. 

Home Learning 

Home learning is set regularly in order to help pupils consolidate or extend their learning. From quizzes, research into plays, historical time periods and playwrights to arranging group rehearsals and developing advertising posters for their plays. All home learning is relevant and aimed at encouraging a passion for the theatre and an appreciation of its importance in the cultural world. 

How Parents and Carers Can Support

  • Ensure pupils attend all theatre trips and visits (when available)
  • Help and encourage pupils to complete all log and written work due in, checking TEAMS and pupil planners for work
  • Observe and give constructive feedback to any performance preparations
  • Encourage and support pupils in attending extra-curricular activities and out of school lessons to develop skills

Additional Support Available/ Useful Links

Reading List

  • Blood Brothers by Willie Russell
  • Blue Remembered Hills by Dennis Potter
  • DNA by Dennis Kelly
  • Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman
  • Peter Pan by JM Barrie

Assessment Schedule

Assessment Schedule - Year 10

Assessment Schedule - Year 11

Knowledge Organiser

BTEC Level 2 Knowledge Organiser

Year 10 - Hamilton Knowledge Organiser

The School of Rock 2023

SIX the Musical 2022

The WIZ 2022