Key Stage 3

All students will have an opportunity to take part in the Creative Arts curriculum. Through our subject we will aim to look at new skills that will equip students to access the KS4 BTEC courses that we offer. Drama techniques,employability and life  skills like, communication and confidence are an integral part of our course.

Through the medium of music, drama, script work, musical theatre and improvisation students will grow and become familiar with the wonderful world of culture, the theatre and beyond.


Key Stage 4


In Key Stage 4 students receive two hours a week of BTEC Performing Arts Acting. In those two hours students will develop skills in the following areas:

* communication skills;

* voice (breath control, projection and articulation),

* movement (coordination, awareness of surroundings, pace and facial expression / body language),

* proxemics (relationships on stage),

* script work (performing a character).

* set design / costumes / props

* drama strategies, techniques and medium.

The course is a 120 guided learning hour qualification (equivalent in teaching time to one GCSE).

Students follow a core unit and optional units.

There is one core unit and two optional.

Unit 1: individual showcase (core – 30 guided learning hours).

Unit 2: preparation, performance and production (optional – 30 guided learning hours).

Unit 3: acting skills (optional – 60 guided learning hours).

The focus in Year 9 is on acting skills in preparation for Unit 3 which will begin in Year 10.

Students will be graded at Level 2 Pass, Level 2 Merit, Level 2 Distinction, Level 2 Distinction *, Level 1 and Unclassified.

Year 10

During Year 10 students will complete Unit 3 acting skills (60 guided learning hours) which develops the skills necessary to be an effective performer on stage and screen. The unit is given a vocational context so that students become part of a theatre company as well as an individual actor within it.

Students must keep an actor’s log which reviews their practice and also analyse video evidence of their performance.

Year 11

In Year 11, students will complete unit 2 (preparation, performance and production [30 guided learning hours which are internally assessed]) and Unit 1 (individual showcase [30 guided hours which are externally assessed]).

Unit 2 involves taking part in preparations for a live performance and demonstration of performance skills and techniques in a performance. This unit is taught in a vocational context allowing students to be part of a theatre company, devising their own performance.

Unit 1 is an exam based unit which is externally assessed and sent to examiners in May. Unit 1 involves students completing two contrasting audition pieces and an accompanying letter, which is completed under exam conditions.


Here at Kingsmeadow the Creative Arts department is vibrant and alive with enthusiastic students. We hold a variety of events throughout the year allowing students to showcase their talents and shine!

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