Theatre Studies A-Level at Dr Challoner's High School
Theatre Studies is about self-exploration; experiment; risk-taking; and cooperative endeavour. If you have an interest in plays and the theatre, or indeed television and film, and you enjoy a different approach to learning and exploring controversial social and political issues, then this could be the course for you.
The course, which is both academically rigorous and intellectually challenging, includes: the study and performance of set plays; the devising and performance of original scripts; the study of significant theatre practitioners such as Stanislavski, Brecht and Artaud; and the critical reviewing of live theatre.
Prospective students are required to achieve a minimum of 2 GCSEs or iGCSEs at grade A and a further 4 GCSEs or iGCSEs at grade B, including English Language and Mathematics.
Grade B minimum in GCSE English Literature. Students who have not studied Drama at GCSE are welcome to apply for the course.
The department follows the AQA syllabus which is outlined below. The weighting places an emphasis on written, theoretical work with the written examinations accounting for 60% of the total mark.
Unit 1 Live theatre production seen and prescribed play. (written examination)
Unit 2 Presentation of an extract from a play. (practical and written coursework)
Unit 3 Further prescribed plays. (written examination)
Unit 4 Presentation of devised drama. (practical and written coursework)
Theatre Studies is recognised as an academic A Level by top universities including Oxbridge and Drama can be studied to degree level either at university or Drama College. In addition to employment opportunities in theatre, the entertainment and media industries and teaching, graduates may, like graduates in English, enter a range of careers with additional training; they are welcomed by employers because of their trained, flexible minds and their communication and presentation skills.
NB. As part of the course, students will have to attend at least one theatre visit per term; however, the department will endeavour to limit the costs to parents where possible by attending local theatres and booking discounted tickets.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Dr Challoner's High School directly.