Key Stage 5
Walthamstow Academy has been ranked within the top 1% of Performing Arts departments nationally delivering BTEC Performing Arts.
At KS5 we offer A Level Drama and Theatre – a two year course which focuses on the academic grounding of the world of theatre, as well as in depth exploration of both text and stimulus. Our set text is Dr. Faustus (a cautionary tale of hubris as a man sells his soul to the devil) and students explore this practically before entering into the final written exam.
We also offer BTEC level 3 Diploma in performing Arts (Acting). This is offered as a double award (worth 2 A-Levels). Students are exposed to a wide range of varying disciplines within the performing Arts. This course focuses much more on the practical aspects of theatre, training students in disciplines ranging from mask work, directing styles to naturalism and physical theatre.
Students develop their understanding of Theatre as a form of expression and entertainment but also learn how theatre can be a vehicle for social change. Students work with teachers and visiting practitioners as well as working independently as a Theatre company devising from script as well as existing scripts.
All of our BTEC Performing Arts students achieved 100% Distinction* grades which allowed them to access to their first choice university courses, including those at Russell Group Universities. Students have gone on to study Law, Media, Nursing, Teaching, Psychology, English Literature and Performing Arts.