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Drama and Theatre Studies A Level at Convent of Jesus and Mary Language College

Course description

AS Units

Unit 1: Exploration of drama and theatre. Exploration of two contrasting plays and a recognized theatre practitioner. 20% internally assessed/externally moderated coursework.

Unit 2: Theatre text in performance. There are two elements to this unit; a practical examination of acting or design skills in a directed production of a play. This is followed by a presentation of a monologue or duologue in either acting or design form. 30% externally assessed practical.

A2 Units

Unit 3: Exploration of Dramatic Performance. Teacher assessment of the making and performing of a devised piece of theatre for an identified audience. 20% externally assessed 2 hour written paper

Unit 4: Theatre text in context. Three examination questions two of which are based on the study of a play, and one of which compares a live performance of a play with the original staging conditions. 30% externally assessed 2½ hour written paper.

What will you be able to do with the subject at university or as a career?

Many Drama students go on to study the subject at university level. Others, however, go on to study a range of other degrees from English to Psychology to Law. A Level Drama and Theatre studies allows students to thrive in a creative and dynamic environment. The A Level provides students with a wide range of knowledge and theatre styles due to the nature of the theory work, which involves learning about Theatre throughout history, including contemporary theatre and playwrights.

Speakers, Trips, conferences or other educational opportunities

Students go on a wide variety of theatre visits in order to have exposure to different genres of theatre, contrasting practitioners and also to see outstanding professional practise within the industry. Students also participate in specialised workshops from visiting professionals, with a Shakespeare workshop planned for this academic year. We also encourage students from different years to work together, for example, BTEC students and A Level students often view each other’s work to give critical and constructive advice on improvements.

Entry requirements

5 GCSE grades at A*-C, including GCSE English and Drama. In very exceptional cases will an applicant be considered who has not studied Drama to GCSE level. They must have taken an Arts subject at GCSE and show exceptional commitment to and an outside interest in theatre.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Convent of Jesus and Mary Language College directly.

Last updated date: 18 March 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 years