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Drama and Theatre Studies A Level at Acton High School

Course description

An A level in Drama and Theatre Studies provides students with the opportunity to study plays from the point of view of a director, designer, performer and critic. The qualification is designed to enable students to acquire a knowledge and understanding of the language of drama and theatre as well as to develop their performing and analytical skills. Students completing the course successfully will have a thorough understanding of drama and theatre, highly toned analytical and creative skills and an ability to communicate effectively with others

Course content

AS Level

Component 1, 60% of AS Level
Exploration and Performance (practical)

Explore a performance text in light of a practitioner and record this in a portfolio. Perform an extract from this text.
Perform a mono/duo from a different text Internally assessed and externally moderated.

Component 2, 40% of AS Level
Theatre Makers in Practice written examination (1 hour 45 minutes)

Choice of one set text from six. Must be explored practically. Evaluation of a piece of live theatre they have seen.

Section A, Live Theatre Evaluations. Section B, Questions on a set text.

A Level

Component 1: Devising, 40% of A Level (practical)
Students devise a piece of theatre which they then perform. They will record the process in a portfolio.
Internally assessed and externally moderated.

Component 2: Text in Performance, 20% of A Level (practical)
Group performance from a performance text. Perform a mono/duo from a different text. Externally assessed by a visiting examiner.

Component 3: Theatre makers in practice, 40% of A Level Written examination (2 hours 30 minutes)

Choice of one set text from six which is explored practically.
Choice of one set text from nine. (Interpretation of a text as a director).
Evaluation of a piece of live theatre they have seen.

Entry requirements

GCSE English Language Grade C, Or GCSE Drama Grade C, Or BTEC Performing Arts Distinction.

Future opportunities

An A Level in Drama is advantageous to anyone entering higher education to study English, Drama, Media or Film - including more practical and vocational courses. The communicative, collaborative and analytical nature of the subject is also an ideal foundation for any career involving management and dealing with people.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Acton High School directly.

Last updated date: 01 April 2016
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