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During this course students are given the opportunity to develop and extend their understanding of theatre through the practical and theoretical study of practitioners. Through written and discussion work, students will develop a critical and sensitive response to the complexities of theatre. Students are encouraged to develop an insight into the workings of practical theatre, through role–play, script and character analysis, improvisation, group and individual work. This course offers just the right area of study to complement other AS/ A2 courses, such as English Literature, English Language, Media and History. The course also gives students the opportunity to develop their communication skills; something necessary in all walks of life and all occupations. Although there is no prescribed recommended prior knowledge for students embarking on a course for this syllabus, candidates should have demonstrated a level of practical and critical awareness of theatre equivalent to that required for GCSE Drama. Regular visits to the theatre is a necessary aspect of this course, so candidates must be prepared to partake in prearranged school trips as well as occasionally taking the initiative to visit the theatre in their own time. One of the essential qualities of a drama student is a passion for theatre. If you would like to open your mind (and body) to a whole new learning experience in theatre arts, then this course is for you.

We would require a Grade C or higher in GCSE Drama, together with similar entry requirements for English Language.

 

COURSE DETAILS

Examination Board: EDEXCEL. AS and A2 Units

AS
Unit 1: Exploration of Drama and Theatre. 20% of total GCE marks. This unit requires students to study two contrasting play texts, that will be chosen by teachers. They will explore these texts in a practical and active way. At least one of them will be studied alongside the work of a recognised theatre practitioner. This unit is internally assessed. The students submit a set of exploration notes and an evaluation of a live theatre performance.
Unit 2: Theatre Text in Performance. 30% of total GCE Marks. This unit is split into two sections. The first section requires students to perform either a monologue or duologue. The second section is the performance of a published play by a known writer. It is externally examined.

A2
Unit 3: Exploration of Dramatic Performance. 20% of total GCE Marks. This unit is the creation of a unique and original piece of theatre. Students are assessed on the research and development of their work as well as the final performance. They also complete an evaluation of on the process and performance of their work. This unit is internally assessed.
Unit 4: Theatre Text in Context. 30% of total GCE Marks. This unit is a 2 hr 30 min written paper in 3 sections. Sections A and B require students to explore one play, from a choice of 3 set texts, from the point of view of a director in both a practical and academic way. Section C is the study of a play from a choice of 3 historical periods in theatre. A live performance of that play must be seen and evaluated and a comparison made with the original staging conditions.

 

RESULTS

A Level Grades A–C 60% (This is standard. In 2012, our A level students achieved 90% A – C.) A–E 100%
Many of our students apply successfully to Drama schools. Last year (summer 2014) one of our students got into Rose Bruford. We also have an ex-student off to RADA this year and one of the students in the picture just graduated from ALRA and started his first professional acting job.

 

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Mrs K Crawshaw & Miss H Farrow

 

 

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