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Group Six IB Theatre Arts HL Level 3 at Dartford Grammar School

Course description

Course Content:


Why study IB Theatre Arts?

The IB Theatre Arts course examines theatre from around the world. This is an exciting and creative new syllabus that provides its students with a significant degree of creative freedom. The course balances the mixture of a rigorous academic programme with a dynamic and imaginative set of tasks.

All students studying the course will complete the following;

Collaborative Project – (25% H, 35% S)

Students research a theatrical company that devise original work and then create their own original piece of theatre based upon a stimulus. Each student takes individual responsibility for a specific aspect of the performance. This is filmed and assessed. A written report on the process of creati8ng the performance is also submitted and assessed.

Research Presentation – (20% H, 30% S)

Students independently research an unfamiliar theatre practice from around the world. A list is provided for these. They deliver a 15 minute practical presentation, including demonstrations, of how the theatre practice works. This is filmed and assessed.

Directors Notebook – (20% H, 35% S)

Students choose any published play text that they wish to explore and produce a notebook containing all of their directorial ideas for how the play could be presented. This includes things like set designs, costume designs, sound and lighting, directions for actors and storyboards.

Solo Piece – (Higher only 35%)

Students select a theatre practitioner that they have not explored in detail and create a solo performance based around the practitioner’s theories. The play can be on any topic they choose. This is filmed and assessed.


University Opportunities

This course is excellent preparation for University, and will teach students how to research, apply theoretical concepts practically, reflect, analyse and evaluate their work. There is no written exam, and the course is assessed on the 4 pieces of coursework. There is a large emphasis on practical application in this subject and students are able to take complete ownership of their work as there are no set texts that need to be followed. The course has a track record of excellence with 92% of students achieving 6 or above. 38% of these students have achieved a 7.

Extra-Curricular Opportunities

There are a wide variety of exciting opportunities for extra-curricular involvement; Shakespeare Schools Festival, Splendid Theatre Productions workshops, The School Musical and frequent theatre visits to London.  Previous trips have consisted of; War Horse, Ghost Stories, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and One Man Two Governors. We were able to take some students to work with the Kevin Spacey Foundation in 2014 and in 2015 students will get to work with Steven Berkoff.

Entry requirements

Students will normally be expected to achieve at least 3 A grades and 4 B grades at GCSE. They will be required to have A grades in the subjects they are going to study at Higher Level (A* grade in Mathematics). In the case of a subject not studied at GCSE, a grade A will be required in a related subject.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Dartford Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 30 October 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years