Art Curriculum Key Stage 5
The A Level Art, Textiles and Photography courses are run through AQA. Pupils are given a broad design brief so they can explore a range of techniques in order to gain the skills and levels they require to achieve the required standard. The courses are now linear with an exam at the end of year 13. The course is made up of two components. Component 1 is coursework project work worth 60% of the overall mark, whilst Component 2 is an externally set assignment culminating in a 15 hour practical exam, with a 10 hour mock exam in year 12. There is a written element to the course which is compulsory and linked to pupils’ practical work.
Dance Curriculum Key Stage 5
The Level 3 BTEC course develops the student’s technical and expressive skills and prepares them for further study at degree level. Pupils study well known dance practitioners as well as learning repertoire and performing it. They will also develop their written portfolio as well as developing their own performance pieces under controlled conditions
Music Curriculum Key Stage 5
Year 13 pupils are currently completing their BTEC Level 3 subsidiary diploma in music. The course is practical, based on developing and refining performance and composition skills. Pupils are encouraged to develop as independent performers and to be able to reflect on their own practice. They gain experience in organising performances and in some of the technical aspects.