Drama & Theatre Studies A Level at Caldew School
The course requires completion of 3 units of work.
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.
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.
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.