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Drama & Theatre Studies A Level at South Cheshire College

Course description

Drama and Theatre Studies is an exciting and rewarding area of study. Our students leave the department every year to enter into the full spectrum of degree courses and areas of employment. Employers and HE institutions recognise that this course provides students with experiences that lead to greater understanding, sensitivity, confidence and leadership.

You will experience performing in our brand new 300 seat auditorium with excellent sound and lighting equipment. You'll work in an atmosphere that is both challenging and supportive. Our varied teaching strategies will engage you through practical activities, study group, work discussions, individual research, extended project work and performance. Lecturers have experience as examiners both for the practical and written elements of the examination.

Course content

The course encourages a critical, reflective and response to theatre, using live theatre productions and play texts as stimuli. You will study five performance texts in total and the methodologies of two influential theatre practitioners. You will be making, performing and interpreting. You are required to participate in three performances, one devised, one as a group member from a performance text, and one text performed either individually or with a partner during the A-Level. Component 1: Devising - 40% of the qualification Working as a theatre company you will devise an original theatre performance. You will initially study both a given performance text through teacher led practical workshops and a key theatre practitioner as stimuli. There are two parts to the assessment; a portfolio and the devised performance in front of a live audience. This is internally assessed and will completed in Year 12. Component 2: Text in Performance - 20% of the qualification You will be part of a group performance of a theatre text selected by your lecturers. You have the option of selecting an acting or design role. You will also perform a monologue or duologue from a different published theatrical text. These are both externally assessed by a visiting examiner and performed in front of live audiences during Year 13. Component 3: Theatre Makers in Practice - 40% of the qualification - Written examination Section A: Live Theatre Evaluation. Students will analyse and evaluate live theatre during both Year 12 and Year 13. You will answer one extended response question. Section B: Page to Stage. You will answer two extended response questions based on an unseen extract from the performance text set by the exam board. You will answer the questions from the perspectives of a performer and a designer. You will demonstrate how you intend to realise the extract in performance. This will initially be studied during Year 12 and explored through practical workshops and a mock examination. cal workshops and a key theatre practitioner as stimuli. There are two parts to the assessment; a portfolio and the devised performance in front of a live audience. This is internally assessed and will completed in Year 12. Component 2: Text in Performance - 20% of the qualification You will be part of a group performance of a theatre text selected by your lecturers. You have the option of selecting an acting or design role. You will also perform a monologue or duologue from a different published theatrical text. These are both externally assessed by a visiting examiner and performed in front of live audiences during Year 13. Component 3: Theatre Makers in Practice - 40% of the qualification - Written examination Section A: Live Theatre Evaluation. Students will analyse and evaluate live theatre during both Year 12 and Year 13. You will answer one extended response question. Section B: Page to Stage. You will answer two extended response questions based on an unseen extract from the performance text set by the exam board. You will answer the questions from the perspectives of a performer and a designer. You will demonstrate how you intend to realise the extract in performance. This will initially be studied during Year 12 and explored through practical workshops and a mock examination. Section C: Interpreting a Performance Text. You will have studied another set text prescribed by the exam board. You will demonstrate your own re-imagined directorial concept that will communicate ideas to a contemporary audience. You will have also have studied another theatre practitioner and will need to outline how they have influenced your overall production concept. This will be studied during Year 13.

Entry requirements

Generally, a minimum of 2 GCSEs grade B and 3 grade C, including English and Maths, but applicants will be considered on a case by case basis.

Future opportunities

Past students have progressed to a range of Universities and accredited drama schools including Central School of Speech & Drama, Guildhall, East 15, Rose Bruford, Royal Scottish & Birmingham School of Acting.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact South Cheshire College directly.

Last updated date: 17 August 2016

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    • South Cheshire College is situated in Dane Bank Avenue, Crewe and is ideally positioned for easy access. It is on major bus routes and is less than a 15 minute walk from the mainline railway station in Crewe. Junctions 16 and 17 of the M6 motorway are both only a 15 minute drive away and Manchester International airport is just 45 minutes away by rail or road.