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Drama and Theatre Studies AS/A2 at Nicholas Chamberlaine School

Course description

Drama and theatre studies is excellent preparation for a range of degree courses in the arts and humanities including performing arts. In recent years these degree subjects have included Law, Teaching, Psychology, Media, Arts and English Literature as well as Dance and Theatre.

Course content

Units at AS (8DR01) Unit 1 - Exploration of Drama and Theatre - 6DR01 (Coursework) Unit 2 - Theatre text in Performance - 6DR02 (Practical Exam) Units at A2 (9DR01) Unit 3 - Exploration of Dramatic Performance - 6DR03 (Coursework) Unit 4 - Theatre text in Context - 6DR04 (Written Exam) Course Content: Unit 1: Students practically explore two plays in relation to eight different elements of Drama and two contrasting Drama practitioners. Using this exploration students produce a written record of their response to the plays to a maximum of 3000 words. Students also attend a live theatre performance and complete a written evaluation of their experience that is a maximum of 1000 words. Unit 2: Students perform either a monologue or duologue that is, with guidance from the teacher, to be chosen and developed by the student. Students also take part in a performance of a play that is chosen and directed by the teacher. Both are performed to an external examiner. Unit 3: Students create an original piece of theatre and are assessed both on the creative process and the finished product. The resulting piece of Drama is performed to an invited audience. The coursework element here is that students create a written reflection of both the process and final product to is a maximum of 3,500 words. Unit 4: Students will study the Greek play ‘Lysistrata’ written by Aristophanes. Students practically explore the text in the role of a director and consider how they would rehearse and direct a modern day interpretation whilst demonstrating a clear understanding of how it was originally performed. Furthermore, students will attend a live Shakespearean performance and analyse the production in relation to its historical context. All of this is examined in a two and a half hour written examination.

Assessment

At AS there are 2 units that are studied. The first Unit is coursework based and contributes towards 40% of the total AS grade. The second Unit is an externally assessed practical exam worth 60% of the final AS grade. At A2 there are 2 units that are studied. The first Unit is coursework based and contributes towards 40% of the total A2 grade. The second Unit is an externally assessed practical exam worth 60% of the final A2 grade.

Future opportunities

Should you wish to continue your Drama studies beyond A Level, this course equips you with the knowledge and understanding required for Higher Education. The A Level Drama and Theatre studies course can also lead to a career in the Performing Arts industry; whether that is performing, backstage or the more technical aspects of theatre. It is also a fantastic basis for a career in theatre journalism. The course combines well with English/English Literature or History, Art and Photography. Drama & Theatre Studies is an opportunity to look at Drama and Theatre in greater depth. The study of a range of Drama practitioners and styles of theatre allow you to extend your understanding of Drama and Theatre and take real ownership over your practical exploration.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 09 December 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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