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Drama and Theatre Studies A Level at Waddesdon CofE School

Course description

- Develop their interest and enjoyment in drama and theatre both as participants and as informed members of an audience fostering an enthusiasm for and critical appreciation of the subject.
- Develop understanding and appreciation of the significance of social, cultural and historical influences on the development of drama and theatre.
- Experience a range of opportunities to develop a variety of dramatic and theatrical skills, enabling them to grow creatively and imaginatively in both devised and scripted work
- Integrate theory and practice through their understanding of critical concepts and the discriminating use of specialist terminology.

Course content

Unit 1 – Practical and written coursework: Exploration of Drama and Theatre (20%)
This unit introduces students to the content of plays written for the theatre. They will learn how to analyse plays in a variety of ways so that they become familiar with the way written plays can be interpreted for realisation in performance. Students will take part in practical workshops exploring two play texts in detail. They will cover 8 prescribed elements as well as a recognised theatre practitioner or theatre style. Students must evaluate a live theatre production seen.
Unit 2 – Practical examination: Theatre Text in Performance (30%)
This unit offers students the chance to demonstrate skills in a performance environment. The knowledge and understanding gained during the study of two plays in Unit 1 can now be applied with a view to delivering a performance to an audience. Students must perform either a monologue or duologue and contribute to a group performance.
Unit 3 – Practical and written coursework: Exploration of Dramatic Performance (20%)
This unit requires the creation of a unique and original piece of theatre. The knowledge and understanding gained in the AS units can now be applied to a created production. Students will be assessed on both the process of creation and the finished product in the form of a performance to an invited audience. Students will also provide written coursework to support their performance. The students will create a completely original piece of theatre devised solely by them.
Unit 4 – Written examination: Theatre Text in Context (30%)
This externally examined written unit requires the detailed study of one set play text and one prescribed historical period of theatrical development. This is a two and a half hour written examination.


Entry requirements

This is a course for students who have an interest in and appreciation of Drama and Theatre Studies. Entry requirements: GCSE Drama at A* - C grade and GCSE English A* - C. The course is very practical with the expectation students will perform in front of an audience. Students must be committed to working hard in small groups, with after school rehearsals required at critical examination times.
Students successfully completing this course will have a thorough understanding of drama and theatre, highly developed analytical and creative skills and an ability to communicate effectively with others.

Future opportunities

Students wishing to study at University level in Performing Arts, Drama and English will find this course a good foundation. The course combines practical and written elements giving students a knowledge and understanding of Drama and the theatre.
This course combines well with English and Music as it complements the Arts and academic subjects.
Students previously studying this course have gone on to study degrees at university in Drama, Media Studies, Music, Dance and Technical Theatre. It is also recognised by many employers as an excellent qualification for communication skills.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Waddesdon CofE School directly.

Last updated date: 09 June 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years