Drama AS/A2 Level at The Helena Romanes School and Sixth Form Centre
This course offers students the opportunity to develop their knowledge, skills and understanding of drama and theatre studies beyond GCSE level. It is a practical, intellectual and artistic subject, which takes a holistic approach to the study, practice and assessment of Drama at both AS and A2 Level.
Students successfully completing the course will have a thorough understanding of drama and theatre, highly toned analytical and creative skills and an ability to communicate effectively with others. The students are also encouraged to go on the many theatre trips and workshops through out the year. Assessment is undertaken by the students’ teachers and by external examiners. The course is open to students who did not follow the GCSE Drama course.
Students will also have the chance to get involved with extra-curricular activities. Many A-level students facilitate workshops at the lower school drama club or act as creative advisors in key stage 3 and 4 lessons. They can also become part of the school’s technical crew.
This involves after school workshops on the schools lighting and sound systems, set design, costume and stage makeup. A-level students will also be expected to take part (Performing, backstage or front of house) in the annual school productions.
AS Unit 1 Exploration of Drama and Theatre
The students gain an understanding of two plays and two practitioners through workshops and performances. This is a practical/coursework unit.
AS Unit 2 Text in Performance
The students take part in a teacher directed scripted play. They also perform a monologue/duologue from another play independently researched during homework time.
A2 Unit 3 Exploration of Dramatic Performance
The students are given thirty lessons to devise their own piece of drama.
A2 Unit 4 Theatre Text in Context
This is a written exam paper based on the historical, cultural and social impact of theatre.
In addition to study this subject you must have a grade C in English Language or English Literature.
This qualification has the support of higher education institutes as a specialist qualification for drama and theatre related courses, but equally it provides a worthwhile experience for students wishing to use it as part of the entry requirements into other subject areas. It is also a useful qualification for students wishing to pursue a career that involves communication and peopleoriented skills.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Helena Romanes School and Sixth Form Centre directly.