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A Level in Drama and Theatre Studies at The Douay Martyrs School

Course description

Students take TWO units per year in this course. The course is 60% written examination and 40% practical examination. At AS and A2, candidates are required to show knowledge and understanding of how performers, designers and directors communicate meaning to an audience. Furthermore, they will develop their own theatre practice through their own engagement with the medium (as both participant and audience member).

The written element of the course uses practical work to inform understanding of theatre. This is then recorded in a written format, allowing students to prepare for essay writing under examination conditions. Practical assessment prompts students to explore influential directors/practitioners, interpret and realise texts into practical performance, and devise their own theatrical pieces.

Please note that this course can require at least 2 extra hours a week of rehearsal after school, to prepare thoroughly for the practical examinations. Parents will be invited to view final performance pieces at the end of both AS and A2 courses should they wish to sample the students’ achievements. There are also regular compulsory theatre visits (£20 each approx), and students are recommended to go to the theatre independently to see productions, in order to enrich their knowledge and understanding of the Performing Arts.

Course content

AS:

Unit 1 Live Theatre Production Seen / Prescribed Play

Unit 2 Presentation of an Extract from a Play

 

A2:

Unit 3 Further Prescribed Plays including Pre-Twentieth Century

Unit 4 Presentation of Devised Drama

 

Entry requirements

Students to have GCSE passes in Drama and English Language, grade A-C in order to do AS / A2 Level as the practical work, text work and essay requirements are quite demanding in these areas. (BTEC Performing Arts - at least a Merit pass is required).

Assessment

Exam Board and Syllabus:

AQA 1241/2241

 

Unit 1 Live Theatre Production Seen / Prescribed Play:

60% of AS / 30% of A-Level - 1hr 30min written examination.

Section A: One question responding to live theatre seen during the course.

Section B: One question exploring to the study of one set play.

 

Unit 2 Presentation of an Extract from a Play:

40% of AS / 20% of A-Level

Performance by a group of an extract from a published play.

The assessment includes candidates’ preparatory and development work, and supporting notes.

 

A2

Unit 3 Further Prescribed Plays including Pre-Twentieth Century:

30% of A-Level - 2 hr written examination

Study of two further set plays 

 

Unit 4 Presentation of Devised Drama

20% of A-Level  - Practical Performance

Performance by a group of devised drama.

 

The assessment includes candidates’ preparatory and development work, and supporting notes.

 

 

Future opportunities

Drama Schools, or the study of Drama as part of a combined practical course.

Further information

For further information contact Miss K Hayes, Head of Drama.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Douay Martyrs School directly.

Last updated date: 13 April 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year for AS, and a further 1 year for A Level

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