LEVEL:  Level 3 Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate

 

EXAM BOARD:  OCR

 

WHY CHOOSE PERFORMING ARTS?

The performing arts industry is a large and complex business. As well as playing a part in the cultural life of the country, it has significant economic benefits and impacts on the lives of most people whether they watch a performance, stream music or send their child to dance classes.  It is hugely diverse and embraces many different art forms, jobs and types of organisations.

This qualification will give you an understanding of the range and diversity of this industry, learn about job and organisation and how the industry is funded, supported and regulated.  Whether you are an actor, dancer, musician or “triple threat” performer  this course is designed to encourage your development as a performer and to understand practitioners and the socio-economic and historic influences that have shaped their work.

 

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?

You will complete 5 units 3 of which are externally assessed at various points throughout the course.  The other 2 units are internally assessed and externally moderated.  These assessments are a combination of written coursework, examined written assessment and performance based assessment.

 

WHERE CAN IT LEAD?

This course is highly regarded by many universities and can support your progression into a career as a performer or in arts administration, events co-ordinating, theatre management, back stage and front of house roles among many others.

LEVEL: A Level – Linear

EXAM BOARD: Eduqas

WHY CHOOSE MEDIA?

By choosing media studies you open yourself to develop new skills and abilities to fit any career in the modern world. Learn to question opinion and find the truth; challenge stereotypes, change minds and equip yourself with the ability to create advanced media products, worthy of professional exhibition.

It’s no secret that the media play a central role in contemporary culture, society and politics. They shape our perceptions of the world through the representations, ideas and points of view they offer. Recently, it has been used as a powerful tool to control the masses and therefore, as a subject to study, gives you power and control over your own representations, audiences and understanding of your on-line identity construction.

The media have real relevance and importance in our lives today, providing us with ways to communicate, with forms of cultural expression and the ability to participate in key aspects of society. The economic importance of the media is also unquestionable with the UK entertainment and media industry alone, worth £76 billion by 2021. The media industries employ large numbers of people worldwide and generate significant global profit, driving forward change in social and cultural opinion. The globalised nature of the contemporary media, ongoing technological developments and more opportunities to interact with the media, suggest their centrality in contemporary life can only increase and therefore, make this an A-Level choice 100% geared for the future!

AIMS OF THE COURSE
Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of media concepts, contexts (and critical debates)
Apply knowledge and understanding when analysing media products and processes (and evaluating their own practical work) to show how meanings and responses are created
Demonstrate the ability to plan and construct media products using appropriate technical and creative skills

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?

70% Exam
30% Coursework
2 year linear course

SUPPORTING SUBJECTS INCLUDE
Film studies, English Lang/Lit, English Literature, Photography, Sociology, History, Drama, Art, Music, Psychology, Business & Finance.

WHERE CAN IT LEAD?
Animator, Applications developer, Broadcast engineer, Broadcast journalist, Broadcast presenter, Commissioning editor, Digital marketer, Editorial assistant, Film director, Film/video editor, Games developer, Geographical systems information officer, Graphic designer, Lighting technician, broadcasting/film/video, Location manager, Magazine features editor, Magazine journalist, Marketing & Advertising, Media buyer/planner, Multimedia programmer, Multimedia specialist, Newspaper journalist, Press photographer, Press editor, Printmaker, Programme researcher, broadcasting/film/video, Publishing copy-editor/proof reader, Publishing rights manager, Production roles in broadcasting/radio/film/video, Technical author, Telecommunications researcher, Television camera operator, Television floor manager, Television production coordinator, Television/film/video producer, Web content manager, Web designer, Writer.

LEVEL: A Level – Linear

 

EXAM BOARD: Eduqas

 

WHY CHOOSE ART AND DESIGN?

A Level Art and Design provides students the opportunity to develop a broad range of Art and Design skills that could lead to further education, or a career in the creative and cultural industries. The course offers students the opportunity to explore practical, critical and contextual work through a range of 2D and or 3D processes and media.

 

WHAT WILL I STUDY?

Students complete three small projects exploring different media and themes before specialising in a discipline of their choice. This part of the course offers students the opportunity to build a range of skills often required before starting a Higher Education course.

STUDENTS SHOULD ELECT TO FOCUS ON A SINGLE SPECIALISM CHOOSING FROM:

Fine Art or Photography

The fine art specialism can incorporate the following areas of study:

·       painting and drawing

·       mixed media, including collage and assemblage

·       performance and conceptual art

·       sculpture

·       land or environmental art

·       installation

·       printmaking: relief, intaglio, screen processes and lithography

·       animation, video, photography

·       digital media

 Whereas, the photography specialism will focus on:

·       photographing people

·       photographing places

·       still-life photography

·       documentary photography

·       photojournalism

·       experimental imagery

·       photographic installation

·       fashion photography

·       digital imaging

·       moving image (video, film, animation)

 

 

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?

Personal Investigation – 60%

This will include a portfolio of work showing a personal response to a starting point, brief, scenario or stimulus.

AND A related study: an extended response of a guided minimum of 1000-3000 words.

 

Externally Set Task – 40%

This will start on the 1st February in the final year of the course, and will provide students with a number of themes. Students produce a response based on one of these options.

Students are expected to visit galleries and studios independently as well as part of the school organised visits.

 

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