Drama and Theatre Studies A Level at Raynes Park High School
Students develop skills that are not just essential for drama but applicable to a wide range of higher education subjects and in the workplace. This course refines students' collaborative skills, their analytical thinking and their approach to research. Students grow in confidence and maturity as they successfully realise their own ideas. They learn to evaluate objectively and develop a sound appreciation of the influences that cultural and social contexts can have on decision making. Whatever the future holds, students of Drama and Theatre emerge with a toolkit of transferable skills preparing them for their next steps.
There are 3 components to this course which are as follows:
Component 1- Drama and Theatre (40%)
This is assessed through a written exam at the end of year 13, in this exam you will demonstrate your knowledge and understanding of drama and theatre, you will study two set plays and discuss how you would direct specific sections of the scripts. Finally you will analysis and evaluate a live production showing your knowledge of a range of production values.
Component 2 - Creating original drama (30%)
In component 2 you will be given a range of stimuli to create your own production, you will be required to consider your set, costume, lighting and perform as an actor showing a range of practical skills. Your piece will also need to be directly influenced by one key practitioner. During your rehearsal process you will create a devising log, this will be a reflection on how your work changed and developed at significant moments in the process.
Component 3 - Making theatre (30%)
In this component you will explore three extracts from three set texts, the final extract will be performed as an assessed piece and must include the methodology of a prescribed practitioner. You will also write a reflective report analysing and evaluating the theatrical interpretation of the extracts explored.
Drama and English GCSE, Grade B
The written exam will be at the end of year13, the scripted and devised components will take place at the end of year12 and will carry forward into year13. You will also complete a mock exam for each component in year 12.
This directly links to a career as a performer. Various types of performance, such as stand-up comedy are explored in detail over the two year course, but acting is the predominant area. The course directly links to Acting and Drama courses at university, and links in well with English Literature courses.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Raynes Park High School directly.