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Key Stage 4

GCSE Art and Design - Exam Board AQA 

Assessment Structure

  • 60% Coursework
  • 40% Examination

Topics Studied 

You will study the work of artists and designers and will have the opportunity for trips to galleries to see their work first hand.  Projects will be directed by our teachers but there will be plenty of opportunity for development of individual ideas.  Qualities you will need and develop include: flexibility, determination and a willingness to experiment and try new ideas and techniques.

Techniques taught during the course will include drawing, painting, ceramics, print   making, digital photography, 3D cardboard construction and ICT aided design and research.

Why take this course?

The Art and Design GCSE is a very successful course at KEVICC. Students here have achieved above 95% A*-C every year for the last three years.  The course is designed to allow students to work in a wide range of media, giving them a broad foundation.  We believe that Art can truly change lives and that this course can equip candidates with valuable life skills as well as a rich subject knowledge.  Lessons will help increase confidence, independent learning skills and many skills that will help students in later life.  At a time in history when creativity is becoming more and more highly valued it is a great time to study Art and Design.

Where could it lead?

Post 16

Many of our students go on to study Art at A Level and BTEC (level 3).  Both courses are highly successful and many of our students continue studying Art at Post 18.

Post 18

Many of our students progress on to our very successful Foundation Art diploma which is a full-time, intensive but free course that many people liken to the first year of a degree. Many people who take this course use it to decide which of the many Art specialisms they want to focus on at degree level.

Career

Careers in the Art and Design world are many and varied, including fine artists, illustrators, designers, “creatives”, advertisers, architects, interior designers and fashion designers.

Contact

Mr. T Wightman - Faculty Leader for Creative Arts

BTEC Dance - Exam Board Edexcel 

Assessment Structure

  • 1 Mandatory Unit
  • 2 Optional Units

Topics Studied 

Mandatory unit

Unit 38: Dance Performance

Optional units

  • Unit 7: Performance to an audience
  • Unit 40: Choreographing Dances
  • Unit 42: The Healthy Performer
  • Unit 45: Developing Contemporary Dance Technique
  • Unit 47: Jazz Dance

Why take this course?

If you are a creative, innovative and inquisitive person who enjoys creating and responding to new challenges, briefs and projects, then this course offers you a diverse and exciting range of opportunities and experiences in Dance.

If you have completed Dance GCSE or through teacher recommendation.

It is all coursework based so no external exam.

To challenge yourself to complete a level 3 course. 

Because you get good results in this subject. If you work hard and do the work to the best of your ability, you’ll do well.

Where could it lead?

Post 16

Dance A-Level at Kennicott.

BTEC National – Extended Certificate/Foundation Diploma/Diploma.

Post 18

There are a wide variety of Higher Education Courses in Dance.

Career

Dance is suitable for anyone wanting to pursue the arts or dance in Higher Education, or as support for any course requiring good communication and group work skills.

Dance students from KEVICC have gone on to train at a range of professional dance schools and universities including The Place, The Laban Centre, London Studio Centre, Italia Conti, Northern School of Contemporary Dance, London Contemporary Dance School, Roehampton, Bath Spa, Richard Alston Dance Company and The Verve.

Contact

Mrs. S McInally - Raising Standards Leader

GCSE Drama - Exam Board OCR 

Assessment Structure

  • 60% Components 1 and 2
  • 40% Component 3

Topics Studied 

Component 1: Devising Drama

Non-exam assessment: internally assessed, externally moderated learners will research and explore a stimulus, work collaboratively and create their own devised drama.

Component 2: Presenting and Performing Texts Non-Examination assessment

Externally assessed by a visiting examiner.   Learners develop and apply theatrical skills in acting or design by presenting a showcase of two extracts from a performance text.

Component 3: Performance and Response

Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes.

Learners will explore practically a performance text to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of drama.

Why take this course?

Drama is an excellent addition to all manner of subjects. The skills that you develop are not explicitly linked to ‘acting and performance’. Whilst you will develop your understanding and approaches to creating original theatre, you will also benefit from working creatively, planning and creating work collaboratively.  This requires you to develop your personal skills in negotiation, teamwork and problem solving, as well as building personal confidence to present your ideas to an audience.  The course is exciting and allows you to work in a different way to most other lessons.

Where could it lead?

Post 16

A Level Theatre Studies at Kennicott.

Post 18

Degree courses in Acting / Theatre Studies / Direction / Theatre History / Creative Writing / Technical Theatre / Drama School.

Career

From performance roles to all aspects of technical theatre there are all sorts of jobs in the creative arts industry which is one of Britain's largest economical exports. Production management, lighting, acting, direction, set design, educational theatre, drama therapy, arts administration, theatre management, festival performance are a few examples of possible career pathways.

Contact

Mrs. J Crook - Raising Standards Leader

BTEC Music - Exam Board Edexcel 

Assessment Structure

  • 25% Examination
  • 75% Controlled Assessment

Topics Studied 

The BTEC First Award course is an opportunity for students to engage in a wide variety of industry based topics. 

The course is divided into two parts, core units and optional units; students need to complete four units in total.

Core Units (mandatory):

  • The Music Industry  
  • Managing a Music Product

Optional Units:

  • Introducing Live Sound  
  • Introducing Music Composition
  • Introducing Music Performance
  • Introducing Music Recording
  • Introducing Music Sequencing

Why take this course?

This is an ideal course for students who are motivated by the promotion, performance and production of music and who may also be inspired by the music business.  Student performance is brought to life in a series of live shows and some aspects of recording.  If you have a clear intention to enter the music industry as a performer, producer or manager the BTEC course will pave the way to showing you how the industry operates.  As there is no specified requirement for instrumental skills this is an ideal course for those who enjoy working on the periphery of the arts or, equally, musicians who are keen to promote their own music.

Where could it lead?

Post 16

BTEC Level 3 Music at Kennicott.

Post 18

There are a wide variety of Higher Education Courses in Music and Music Performance.

Career

Many students who study BTEC Level 2 Music progress to Level 3 BTEC Music, College or University degree courses in order to begin a career as a professional musician.  A strong grade in BTEC Music provides the basis for a range of Higher Education courses and areas of employment such as performance, music production, TV, theatre and film, computer games music, composition and arts management. Universities and employers often consider a music qualification as an asset to potential undergraduates or employees.

Contact

Mr. N Hansford - Raising Standards Leader

GCSE Photography - Exam Board AQA 

Assessment Structure

  • 40% Examination
  • 60% Controlled Assessment

Topics Studied 

You will study the work of photographers and will have the opportunity for trips to galleries to see their work first hand. Projects will be directed by our teachers but there will be plenty of opportunity for development of individual ideas. Qualities you will need and develop include: flexibility, determination and a willingness to experiment and try new ideas and techniques.

You will explore aspects of some of the following topics: Cultures, Landscape and Local Environment, Experimental Creative Photography, Still life and Pinhole.  Areas of study will include lighting, camera skills, editing on photoshop, creative photography and analysing photographs using a specialist vocabulary.

Why take this course?

The Photography GCSE has been running for four years and the results have been consistently excellent.  Photography is all around us and is very much part of our everyday lives.  In this course you will explore the creative aspects of this subject under an “Art” umbrella.

The way we deliver the course allows students to immerse themselves in both the practical and theoretical study of Photography.  At KEVICC, we are fortunate to have a range of Photography specific facilities and resources including a large darkroom, loan SLR cameras, studio lighting and the latest Adobe Photoshop software, all of which you will be able to access during the course.

Where could it lead?

Post 16

Many of our students go on to study Photography at A Level in Kennicott.  This course is highly successful and many of our students continue studying Photography at Post 18.

Post 18

Many of our students progress on to our very successful Foundation Art diploma which is a full-time, intensive but free course that many people liken to the first year of a degree. Many people who take this course use it to decide which of the many art specialisms they want to focus on at degree level.

Career

Careers in Photography are becoming more and more varied and wide spread including fashion, advertising, photo journalism, documentary, press, graphic design and stock photography.

Contact

Mrs. D Norton