A level and btec course Outlines On offer for September 2017



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A Level and BTEC Course Outlines


On offer for September 2017
Royal Wootton Bassett Academy Sixth Form

Lime Kiln

Royal Wootton Bassett

Wiltshire

SN4 7HG

Tel: 01793 841905 Email: hstubbs@rwba.org.uk Website: www.rwba.org.uk

Faculty Subjects



Art & Performing Arts Art & Design (BTEC)

Drama


Fine Art

Music


Music Technology

Performing Arts

Photography
Design Technology Engineering (BTEC)

Graphic Communication

Hospitality (BTEC)

Product Design – 3D Design

Textiles
English English Language

English Literature

Film Studies

Media Studies


Humanities Geography

History


Religious Studies

Travel & Tourism (BTEC)



ICT IT Infrastructure Technician

Computer Science

Electronics
Modern Foreign Languages French

German


Spanish
Mathematics Mathematical Studies

Mathematics

Further Mathematics
Faculty Subjects
Physical Education Physical Education

Sport (BTEC)


Science Applied Science

Biology


Chemistry

Physics
Social Sciences Applied Business

Applied Law (BTEC)

Children’s Play Learning & Development (BTEC)

Economics

Government & Politics

Health & Social Care (BTEC)

Law


Public Services (BTEC)

Psychology

Sociology
Additional Subjects Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)

Please note the Subjects are set in Option Blocks for timetabling once Application Forms have been received and the deadline of 12 December has passed.


The additional subject – EPQ is fitted in around students’ course options once their programme of study is finalised. Not all students will be offered EPQ, as this is worked out on results.

Art & Design BTEC



Qualification: BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma

Exam Board: Edexcel

Entry Criteria: GCSE Art Grade B or above

General/Course Objectives:

The BTEC Art and Design course is for those students interested in broadening their knowledge and experience in a range of art and design applications.


The course provides an intense introduction to the practice of art and design in all its facets. Practical and vocational projects introduce a wide range of basic skills and techniques which are then developed in themed and personal assignments, backed up by visits to galleries, working with professional artists and exhibitions.

You will learn about fine art (painting, print and sculpture), graphics, three-dimensional design, Photography and Photoshop as a creative form. Integrated with the practical work is the study of art and design through critical and contextual studies.



Year 12 Course Units

Unit1: Visual recording in Art and Design

Unit 2: Materials, Techniques and Processes

Unit 3: Ideas and Concepts in art and Design

Year 13 Course Units

Unit 4: Communication through Art and Design

Unit 5: Contextual Influences in Art and Design

Unit 78: Develop and Realising Fine Art Ideas.

All work produced is entered as coursework and each unit is equally balanced as part of the final grade.

Fine Art

Qualification: A Level (Linear)

Exam Board: Edexcel

Entry Criteria: GCSE Art Grade B or above

General/Course Objectives - Students will develop:


  • Intellectual, imaginative, creative and intuitive capabilities

  • Investigative, analytical, experimental, practical, technical and expressive skills, aesthetic understanding and critical judgement

  • Independence of mind in developing, refining and communicating their own ideas, their own intentions and their own personal outcomes

  • An interest in, enthusiasm for and enjoyment of art, craft and design

  • Their experience of working with a broad range of media

  • an understanding of the interrelationships between art, craft and design processes and an awareness of the contexts in which they operate

  • Knowledge and experience of real-world contexts and, where appropriate, links to the creative industries

  • Knowledge and understanding of art, craft, design and media and technologies in contemporary and past societies and cultures

  • An awareness of different roles, functions, audiences and consumers of art, craft and design.


Component 1 - Title: Personal Investigation

  • Internally set, assessed by the teacher and externally moderated

  • Incorporates 3 major elements: supporting studies, practical work, and a personal study.

  • First assessment: 2017 60% of the total qualification. Overview of content this component allows students opportunities to generate and develop ideas, research primary and contextual sources, record practical and written observations, experiment with media and processes, and refine ideas towards producing personal resolved outcome(s).


Component 2 - Title: Externally Set Assignment

  • Externally set, assessed by the teacher and externally moderated.

  • First assessment: 2017 40% of the total qualification

  • Incorporates two major elements: preparatory studies and the 15–hour period of sustained focus

  • Preparatory studies will comprise a portfolio of practical and written development work based on the Externally Set Assignment.

  • The 15–hour period of sustained focus under examination conditions may take place over multiple sessions (a maximum of five, within three consecutive weeks).

 Drama & Theatre Studies


Qualification: A Level (Linear)

Exam Board: Edexcel

Entry Criteria: GCSE Grade C/5 in English. Drama minimum grade C is desirable but not essential

General/Course Objectives:

This is a qualification that is useful for those who are looking for careers in Drama or Performing Arts. It is also good to take if you are thinking of a career dealing with people in any way – eg. teaching, nursing, law.


Year 12: Component 1: Exploration and Performance

Coursework 60% of the qualification 96 marks



  • A group performance/design realisation of one key extract from a performance text and informed by the methodology of one influential practitioner.

  • A monologue or duologue performance/design realisation from one key extract from a different performance text.

  • Centre choice of performance texts and extracts.

  • Performer and designer routes available.


Year 12: Component 2: Theatre Makers in Practice
Written examination: 1 hour 45 minutes 40% of the qualification 48 marks.


  • Practical exploration and study of a complete performance text. (That Face.)

  • Live theatre evaluation – choice of performance.


Year 13: Component 3 Devising

Coursework 40% of the qualification 80 marks.




  • Devise an original performance piece.

  • Use one key extract from a performance text and a theatre practitioner as stimuli.

  • Centre choice of text and practitioner.


Year 13: Component 4: Text in Performance

Coursework 20% of the qualification 60 marks





  • A group performance/design realisation of one key extract from a performance text.

  • A monologue or duologue performance/design realisation from one key extract from a different performance text.

  • Centre choice of performance texts.

Music
Qualification: A2 (Linear A Level)

Exam Board: WJEC

Entry Criteria: GCSE in music minimum grade B, instrument or voice practical Grade 6+

and Theory Grade 5 advantageous but not essential.
The WJEC Eduqas specification is designed to allow learners to pursue their own musical interests. Learners develop skills in the three distinct but related disciplines of performing, composing and appraising, whilst having flexibility to specialise in either performing or composing. Learners may choose to apportion 10% of their assessment to either performing or composing as an in-depth study.

The WJEC Eduqas specification is designed to offer contrast and breadth as well as depth of study. Learners will engage with both classical and popular music.

All learners will study the development of the symphony, engaging with landmark orchestral repertoire, which is important in developing knowledge and understanding of musical elements and language in context. Learners will use the musical language of this period to compose one piece of music to a brief.

Learners will also choose one area of study from Pop and Rock, Musical Theatre and Jazz and one further area of study exploring the musical language and styles from either the early twentieth century or the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries.



Course Units:

Performing Music

Composing

Appraising



Unit title Description Mandatory/Optional?

How is this qualification assessed?


  • Performing externally assessed by a visiting examiner either 35% or 25% of the qualification.




  • Composing externally assessed non-examination assessment either 35% or 25% of the qualification.




  • Appraising is a listening and appraising examination, 40% of the qualification.




  • 35% / 25% Performance, 25% / 35% composition and 40% listening exam

Music Technology


Qualification: Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma

Exam Board: BTEC

Entry Criteria: 5 GCSE Grades A*-C/5 (including English). GCSE Music would be advantageous

but not essential
 

General/Course Objectives:

The course covers:



  • Multi-track recording and sequencing

  • Producing and Marketing your own CD

  • Planning and organizing a band event

  • Produce a project on a style or artist of your choice

  • Study the modern music industry.

Why would I choose this course?

You are a musician interested in practical music-making, or the use of technology in music

You enjoy modern musical trends

You want to broaden your skills and experiences

You are thinking of studying music at University

You want to choose a course that allows you to be practical and creative

You understand that Universities and employers really value practical and creative subjects.

Course delivered by Ridgeway Sixth Form

Performing Arts


Qualification: Level 3 National Extended Certificate

Exam Board: BTEC

Entry Criteria: 5 GCSE Grades A*-C. GCSE Drama would be advantageous but

not essential

General/Course Objectives:

The National Extended Certificate offers an introduction to the Performing Arts Business and to the disciplines and commitment required to work in the Performing Arts Industry. It is centred around the development of vocational skills in a professional environment. It also provides an excellent basis for further education and development. The classes are assignment and workshop based and will provide students with opportunities to develop a range of skills which are equally valuable in areas of employment other than the Performing Arts Industries.



Course Structure:

You will study 4 units, of which three are mandatory and one is chosen from a list of options. The mandatory units are:



  • Investigating Practitioners’ Work

  • Developing Skills and Techniques for Live Performance

  • Group Performance Workshop

The optional unit could be chosen from a range such as Acting Styles, Developing the Voice or Movement in Performance.
Why would I choose this course:

  • You are interested in building your confidence in the Performing Arts Disciplines

  • You would like to discover if Performing Arts is a careers option for you in the future

  • You like working in a professional environment creating productions and performances

  • You like working in a team, developing interpersonal and practical thinking skills

  • You understand that universities and employers value practical and creative subjects


Assessment:

You are continually assessed throughout the course through assignment based project work. Although the course is primarily vocational and practical in nature you will need to develop and use research, presentation and written skills.



Course will be Delivered at Ridgeway School Sixth Form

Photography


Qualification: A2 (Linear A Level)

Exam Board: Edexcel

Entry Criteria: Either GCSE Art or Photography Grade B or above. Or an interview will be

given as an opportunity for you to show a real passion for Photography.
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