The BTEC Tech Award is an introduction to vocational learning. The qualification gives learners the opportunity to build skills that show an aptitude for further learning, both in the sector and more widely. The focus is on building skills to show aptitude and improving understanding of progression options so that learners who achieve this qualification are equipped to go on to become work ready for an occupation post-16. It is expected that the qualifications form part of a Key Stage 4 learning programme that enables both academic and vocational progression.
Key Stage 4 and 5 are able to access the curriculum through a range of teaching strategies and flexibility in assessment, to ensure all pupils make appropriate progress. Both appropriate challenge and clear scaffolding for learners is used at all stages and the different styles of learning (visual, auditory and kinaesthetic) are catered for, in line with quality first teaching. The curriculum has been designed to be inclusive and engaging and to offer opportunities of enrichment and cultural capital.
What does the qualification cover?
The Award gives learners the opportunity to develop sector-specific knowledge and skills in a practical learning environment. The main focus is on four areas of equal importance,which cover the:
• development of key skills that prove your aptitude in Performing Arts such as reproducing repertoire or responding to stimuli
• process that underpins effective ways of working in the Performing Arts, such as development of ideas, rehearsal and performance
• attitudes that are considered most important in the Performing Arts, including personal management and communication
• knowledge that underpins effective use of skills, process and attitudes in the sector such as roles, responsibilities, performance disciplines and styles.
What can the qualification lead to?
Study of the qualification as part of Key Stage 4 or 5 BTEC in Performing Arts, prepares learners to enter employment or apprenticeships, or to move on to higher education by studying a degree in the Performing Arts or Production Arts areas.Learners who perform strongly in this qualification compared to their overall performance should strongly consider this progression route as it can lead ultimately to employment in the performing arts dance sector.
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