Drama and Theatre Studies A Level at Birkenhead Sixth Form College
How do performers, designers and directors communicate meaning to an audience?
How do plays relate to their historical, social and cultural context?
How can a play's style, dramatic structure and use of characterisation be interpreted and realised in performance?
How can you apply the ideas of theatrical practitioners to your own work?
What will I learn?
Component 1: Theatre Workshop
You will participate in the creation, development and performance of a piece of theatre based on a reinterpretation of an extract from a text using the techniques and working methods of either an influential theatre practitioner or a recognised theatre company. You must also produce a creative log. of 1500 words
Component 2: Text in Action
You will participate in the creation, development and performance of two pieces of theatre based on a stimulus: 1) A devised piece using the techniques and working methods of either an influential theatre practitioner or a recognised theatre company. 2) An extract from a text in a contrasting style.
You will also produce a process and evaluation report within one week of completion of the practical work. This will be between 1300 & 1600 words.
Component 3: Text in Performance
You will study two different texts, one written pre-1956 and one written post-1956 and answer two questions based on these in sections A & B of your written examination.
For section C, you will cover ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time’ and answer a series of questions based on a specified extract.
You must have achieved at least 5 GCSEs at grade 4/C or above, including English Language
• The course is assessed through a mixture of practical performances, 2 written reports and a written examination (Component 1 makes up 20% and Component 2 and 3 each make up 40% of your final qualification). • Component 1 is examined at the end of Year One. Components 2 & 3 are examined at the end of Year Two.
Drama and Theatre Studies is not only for those who wish to pursue a career in the theatre. Through studying it you will develop personal skills such as self-confidence and the ability to work with others. The balance of practical skills and academic knowledge helps students to develop cross-curricular skills that include writing, speaking and the ability to analyse and organise information.
Many students choose to go on to further study and move on to University. There are several combined degree courses which place Drama and Theatre Studies alongside subjects such as English or Media Studies, as well as specialised degrees in Drama, Theatre Studies and Acting. It is valued by universities as a subject connected to both the Arts and the Humanities.
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How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Birkenhead Sixth Form College directly.