Drama and Theatre Studies AS/A2 Level 3 at Chatham & Clarendon Grammar School
What is the course about?
A challenging, academic, practical and creative A Level course which will give you the opportunity to develop your communication skills and confidence which are exceptionally valuable in the international, modern workplace. Drama and Theatre studies is widely recognised as a demanding , analytical, multi-skill based and character building course, which has applications in many careers.
For whom is the course suitable?
It is suitable for you if you are interested in Drama, if you enjoy reading plays, if you would like to go to watch plays regularly and learn more about your cultural heritage. If you want to be able to express yourself physically and verbally in a recognised academic A level subject with a proven track record of success. If you want to develop your self confidence, or have the desire to go into a career where presentation and promotion of self is important or if you would like to feel confident when addressing groups of assembled people. If you want to develop critical and analytical skills in your written and practical work of the kind required for success in Higher Education. If you want to have the opportunity to support the development of other students within the Drama Department and devise and run workshops for primary school pupils. If you want to belong to a thriving, supportive community in and out of school
Teaching Methods and Homework commitment
The course is taught through creative practical explorations influenced by Theatre Practitioners alongside periods of focused study of set text plays and live performance that incorporate collaboration, discussion and debate. For scripted and devised theatre, students work inter-dependently to support each other in all aspects of their performance. Homework is regularly set and is written into Log Books; it consists of discussion notes, lesson evaluations, research projects and theatre reviews.
What could I go on to do at the end of the course?
This course is a valuable asset to any career involving presentational skills and generally will develop self confidence in an individual. Above all, this course is essential for those who wish to take their study of Drama, Theatre and Performing Arts further, either as a university course or at Drama School.
Method of Study and Assessment
A Level Course
Component 1 – Drama and theatre
Knowledge & understanding of drama and theatre
Study of two set plays, chosen from two lists
Analysis & evaluation of the work of live theatre makers
Written paper (Open Book) – 3 hours (80 marks) 40% of A Level
Component 2 – Creating original drama (practical)
Process of creating devised drama and performance of devised drama (students may perform, design or direct)
Working notebook (40 marks), Devised performance (20 marks)
60 marks in total—30% of A-level
This component is marked by teachers and moderated by AQA
Component 3 – Making theatre (practical)
Practical exploration & interpretation of Extract 1, 2 &3, each taken from different play
Methodology of prescribed practitioner applied to Extract 3
Extract 3 to be performed as final assessed piece
(students may perform, design or direct)
Reflective report analyzing & evaluating theatrical interpretation of all three extracts
Performance of Extract 3 (40 marks), Reflective report (20 marks)
30% of AS (marked by AQA)
Website URL: For more information please go to http://www.ccgrammarschool.co.uk
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How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Chatham & Clarendon Grammar School directly.