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Your Learning journey - Pathways

You can select either the Creative Pathway, or the Technical Pathway.

Each pathway is modular, built around a level 3 BTEC diploma with both compulsory modules, and optional components.

Within each pathway students will be given the opportunity to develop skills in both existing and emerging technical and creative production techniques, technical broadcast technologies as well as being introduced to industry vocabulary and effective communication strategies. Students learning journey will be personalised to meet their needs and goals.

All students will have a form tutor who will regularly meet with them to discuss their progress and individual career goals and aspirations. Each student will create a portfolio which will provide a record of their learning, personal development, work experience and additional qualifications as well as their personal interests and specialisms. Students will take part in workshops and practical sessions and will have opportunities to prepare and plan for their progression into the world of work.

Pathways and Specialisms

All students will take part in practical group sessions, tutorials, research and work experience where they will explore the foundations of the industry in relation to their personal interests and specialisms. We have split the areas of study into two pathways: Technical Production and Creative Production pathways. However, all students will have the opportunity to study units across pathways.

After deciding upon a pathway, students will choose which core qualification they want to be their major specialism.

  • Students who gravitate towards a more Technical production focussed learning pathway will study towards either the Pearson BTEC Level 3 Foundation/Extended Diploma in Production Arts Practice (Technical), or Creative Media Practice (Broadcast and Screen)
  • Students who gravitate towards a more Creative production focussed learning pathway will study towards either the Pearson BTEC Level 3 Foundation/Extended Diploma Production Arts Practice (Creative and Design), or Performing Arts Practice (Acting and Writing).

In addition to the BTEC qualification at its core, we ensure that industry recognised skills, training and experience are embedded in every pathway. This enables every student at BOA Stage & Screen Production to maximise their career opportunities.

Choose the Technical pathway...

if you are most excited about working with entertainment technology like lights, sound desks, cameras, computers, pyrotechnics, streaming decks, vision mixers, smoke machines, automation.

Choose the Creative pathway...

if you are most excited about creating things and developing a craft, if you want to make costumes, design and build sets, fabricate props, learn to act, write scripts and screenplays.

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Additional Subjects

Although the learning journey at BOA Stage and Screen Production will be very much focussed on the specialist pathways, some students will also need to retake English and/or Maths GCSE if they have not previously achieved a grade 4 or above. We also appreciate that some students might wish to take an additional qualification, such as an A'level or BTEC certificate alongside their pathway (for example our BTEC certificate in Business is always very popular). We work with our sister academy to provide outstanding teaching for these learners. Check the relevant sections of our website for our latest offer.