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A Level : Drama and Theatre at Melton Vale Sixth Form College

Course description

You may consider studying Drama and Theatre if you have an interest in theatre and plays, you like watching live theatre and reviewing its potential, you enjoy performing, improvising and learning on your feet and you have a lively mind, creative talent, a thirst for knowledge and are looking for a different approach to learning.

A-level Drama and Theatre is divided into three components: Drama and theatre, Creating original drama, Making theatre.

Guidance is also provided on the theatrical skills students will need to work on.  In the practical components students may specialise in performing, lighting, sound, set, costume, puppets and/or directing. You will develop work from a variety of play texts and devise original work. Acting skills within different practitioner styles will be challenged and learnt. The main skills you will develop through the course are communication, confidence building and working as a group.

Course content

A-level Drama and Theatre is divided into three components: Drama and theatre, Creating original drama, Making theatre.

Guidance is also provided on the theatrical skills students will need to work on.  In the practical components students may specialise in performing, lighting, sound, set, costume, puppets and/or directing. You will develop work from a variety of play texts and devise original work. Acting skills within different practitioner styles will be challenged and learnt. The main skills you will develop through the course are communication, confidence building and working as a group.

Entry requirements

MV16 Minimum Requirements:
To study A-Levels at MV16 you must have achieved a minimum of grade 4+ in GCSE English and Maths, plus 3 grade 6's or B's in other subject areas including any subject-specific entry requirements where stated on the individual subject pages.

Assessment

Assessment is 60% practical and 40% written work over 3 Components.

Component One: Drama and Theatre - 3 hour written paper (40% of the A Level)
Section One: An essay in response to a question on a set play.
Section Two: A two-part question on a given extract form a second set play.
Section Three: One question on the work of theatre makers in a single live production

Component Two: Creating Original Drama (practical) - 30% of the A Level
Devised Performance (20 marks)
Working Notebook (40 marks)
Performance of a Devised Drama influenced by the work and methodologies of a drama practitioner.

Component Three: Making Theatre (practical) - 30% of the A Level
Performance of an Extract (40 marks)
Reflective Report (20 marks)
Practical exploration and interpretation of 3 play extracts in which the methodologies of a drama practitioner must be applied to Extract 3 which is performed as a final assessment piece. The Reflective report analyses and evaluates the theatrical interpretation of all 3 extracts.

Future opportunities

Studying Drama and Theatre can lead to University courses in: Performing Arts, Theatre, Drama and English, Stage School, Theatre Design or Technical Theatre courses, Personnel Management or Management Training.  It can also lead to work as a performer, director, theatre designer, technical theatre, stage management, front of house, teacher, theatre critic, play writing, drama therapist, events management, and community theatre.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact Mrs A Breeze on 01664 504750, email contactus@mv16.org.uk, or visit our website www.mv16.org.uk.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Melton Vale Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 10 October 2017
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