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A Level Drama and Theatre Studies at North Oxfordshire Academy

Course description

Unit 1 – AS – Exploration of Drama and Theatre (40% of AS, 20% of GCE)
You will study two contrasting plays; Mother Courage and Her Children through Brecht and A Streetcar Named Desire. You will learn how to analyse these plays both practically and theoretically in order to become familiar with the way written plays can be interpreted for realisation in performance. It is internally assessed through practical work and a set of exploration notes of 3000 words. You will also review a live theatre performance totalling 1000 words.

Unit 2 – AS – Theatre Text in Performance (60% of AS, 30% of GCE)
This unit offers you the chance to demonstrate skills in a performance environment. There are two parts to this unit; the first involves developing and performing either a monologue or a duologue. The second section asks you to contribute and perform a professionally published play by a known writer. This is externally assessed during a show case event.

Unit 3 –A2 – Exploration of Dramatic Performance (40% A2, 20% total GCE)
This unit requires you to devise a unique and original piece of theatre using knowledge and skills from the AS.This is assessed on your research and development of work as well as the final performance. You will also write an evaluation totalling 3500 words.

Unit 4 – A2 – Theatre Text in Context (60% of A2, 30%total GCE)
This is an externally assessed written exam of 2.5 hours based on detailed study of one set play text and one prescribed period of theatrical development.

Entry requirements

To do this course, you will need: 5 A*-C at GCSE including GCSE Drama or equivalent (although this is not essential).

Future opportunities

Progression in this course could lead to university courses, such as degrees, in various subjects, including Acting, Musical Theatre, technical theatre and management. It could also lead to a variety of jobs within professional theatre companies.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 05 May 2015

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