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DRAMA AND THEATRE STUDIES (A LEVEL) at Queensbury Academy

Course description

Exam Board : Edexcel

Course Summary

This course will help students become well-rounded performers, with a balance of experiences and knowledge of a variety of different styles, practitioners and genres of theatre.  The course will enable students to acquire knowledge and understanding of the language of drama and theatre, as well as develop their performing and analytical skills.  Students will perform in devised, as well as scripted, pieces and study plays from the point of view of a director, designer, performer and critic.

 

Course content

The course will enable students to acquire knowledge and understanding of the language of drama and theatre, as well as develop their performing and analytical skills. Students will perform in devised, as well as scripted, pieces and study plays from the point of view of a director, designer, performer and critic.

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements

English Language GCSE grade C or better and a grade C or better in Drama if studied at GCSE.

Assessment

Modules to be Studied and Assessment Arrangements

Unit 1: Explore Drama and Theatre: 20% of the ‘A’ level

This unit introduces students to the content of plays written for the theatre. They will learn how to analyse plays so that they become familiar with the way written plays can be interpreted for performance.  Both the practical work and the written coursework is marked internally and moderated externally.

Unit 2: Theatre Text in Performance: 30% of the ‘A’ level

This unit offers the students the chance to demonstrate skills in a performance environment.  Students will take part in a performance of a scripted play and in a monologue or duologue. Students have the option to choose either stage design or acting for the scripted performance.

Unit 3: Exploration of Dramatic Performance: 20% of the ‘A’ level

This unit requires students to devise their own performances. They will be required to undertake an assessed performance in front of an audience, along with a piece of coursework showing development of the devising process.

Unit 4: Theatre Text in Context: 30% of the ‘A’ level

This unit requires the students to examine a set text and a historical text through practical work and through the point of view of a director.  The reflections and evaluations of this work are assessed by a written examination.

Financial information

N/A

Future opportunities

Can lead to further study in Drama, Theatre Studies or Performing Arts at Universities or Higher Education Colleges. Also compliments a range of subjects and is useful in building confidence, improving presentation skills and developing an awareness of the world around us, which are all vital skills in the modern work place.

Further study in a Drama related field. Access to the 6th form, FE or Employment

Further information

Exam Board - Edexcel

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Queensbury Academy directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Contact details

    • Contact name:
    • Miss C Ward - Head of Drama Theatre Studies
    • Contact telephone number:
    • 01582 601241
    • Email address:
    • wardc@queensburyacademy.com

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