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DRAMA

LEVEL 3: VOCATIONAL EXTENDED CERTIFICATE (CAMBRIDGE TECHNICAL)
EXAMINING BOARD: OCR

This practical and exciting course will prepare you for the demands of the world of contemporary, professional theatre. It will enable you to become adaptable and resilient; develop your acting techniques; hone your performance skills and experience working in a company.

You will study five practical units in order to become a well-rounded performer and theatre maker. Our units and assignments are guided and influenced directly by the industry and you will have a wide range of opportunities to interact with professional theatre practitioners. The written elements of the course are based on live briefs and practical assignments that mirror what happens in the Performing Arts industry.

On this course you will study the following topics:

  • Prepare to work in the Performing Arts sector – This unit will give you an understanding of the range and diversity of this industry. You will learn about the jobs and organisations that make up the industry, how it is funded and how companies are supported and regulated
  • Proposal for commissioning brief – This unit will equip you with the range of skills to be able to set out proposals as a response to a given brief and then set up and pilot performances and/or workshops. It will also provide you with a set of transferable skills that will underpin freelance work in your chosen artistic field
  • Influential performing practice – This unit will give you the framework that will stay with you for your entire career, placing yourself in the optimum position for employment and further training and provide the attitude and professional perspective to build a firm foundation in the changing and dynamic working environment that is the Performing Arts
  • Combined arts – This unit will give you the opportunity to create new performance by reinterpreting an existing piece of repertoire. You will integrate two or more different art forms or styles of performance into your new reimagined piece of repertoire
  • Performing repertoire – Repertoire is the collected works of individual practitioners, a canon of work from an art form, the regularly performed pieces of a company or a term that reflects a wider style or genre. You will have an opportunity to work within the discipline and demands of a piece of repertoire and be able to put your own mark on the material.

You will need (or equivalent to);

  • GCSE Mathematics grade 4/C or above
  • GCSE English Language or Literature grade 4/C or above
  • plus three more GCSEs grade 4/C or above

You will be assessed via performances and coursework completed under timed conditions, 60% of units are assessed externally and 40% of units are assessed internally.

Many students go on to continue their study of drama/acting at University or Drama School. Some learners have worked in theatre companies, pursued technical theatre, film, leisure entertainment and drama therapy. It also enhances and works well alongside many other courses such as Nursing, Law, Psychology and English to name but a few. Drama will help you develop many transferrable skills desired in a great range of careers.

 

Is Drama an easy subject?

Only if you are passionate about it. Some students assume Drama is the easy subject but this is not the case; it takes dedication and team work to succeed in the Arts. You will develop problem solving skills, organisational skills and of course rehearsal and performance skills. Acting as a profession is competitive – in all areas of work you will have competition for a job, and the Arts is no different. Just like in any field, you have to work hard and be the best you can be to succeed.