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Drama & Theatre Studies A Level at Caldew School

Course description

The course requires completion of 3 units of work.

Course content

Unit 1: Devising (40%) Devise an original performance piece. Use one key extract from a performance text and a theatre practitioner as stimuli. Centre choice of text and practitioner. This will be assessed through written work that shows how you explored and developed the work, as well as a recorded interview about your role in the process. You will also get a mark for your performance in the piece.

Unit 2: Text in Performance (20%) A group performance of one key extract from a performance text. A monologue or duologue performance/design realisation from one key extract from a different performance text. Centre choice of performance texts. This will be assessed by a visiting examiner.

Unit 3: Theatre makers in practise (40%) A 2 and a half hour written paper. Live theatre evaluation – choice of performance. Practical exploration and study of a complete performance text - focusing on how this can be realised for performance. Practical exploration and interpretation of another complete performance text, in light of a chosen theatre practitioner - focusing on how this text could be reimagined for a contemporary audience. Centre choice of 15 performance texts. Choice of eight practitioners.

Entry requirements

Grade C or above at GCSE Drama. 5 A*-C grades including English and Maths. If candidates haven’t taken GCSE Drama they will be considered if they have extensive experience of theatre performance in school or with an outside group.

Future opportunities

A Level Drama will enable students to access to higher education in Drama and Performing Arts. There are excellent opportunities for a wide selection of university courses and employment. Jobs directly related to this qualification include: Professional Actor, Theatre Technician, Teaching, Media/TV.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Caldew School directly.

Last updated date: 09 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 or 2 years