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Drama & Theatre Studies AS & A Level at Coloma Convent Girls' School

Course description

The AS/A level Drama and Theatre is a natural progression from the AQA Drama GCSE course. Students can develop their skills in practical drama elements including acting and directing. At both levels candidates explore a range of texts and perform an extract from a published play to illustrate their understanding of an influential practitioner. At A level, candidates devise drama on any topic to be performed in a theatrical style of their choice.

Entry requirements

The chosen pathway requirements: GCSE drama qualification is highly recommended at a Grade B or above.

Assessment

Assessments for the practical units take into account the student’s preparation as well as the final performance; at both levels this includes an attached 2,500 word portfolio. Practical units are internally assessed and externally moderated.

AS level

Unit 1: Interpreting Drama
40% of total AS level marks 
Externally set and assessed 

  • Section A: Study of one play from a choice of seven plays 
  • Section B: Response to live theatre seen during the course

Unit 2: Process and Performance (Practical) 
60% of total AS marks
Internally assessed and externally moderated 

  • Practical exploration + interpretation of an extract from one play
  • Group performance of an extract from a different play, applying the methods of a prescribed theatre practitioner
  • This includes candidate’s preparatory work and supporting notes

A level

Unit 1: Drama and Theatre
40% of total A level marks
Externally set and assessed

  • Section A + B: Study of two plays from different periods in time 
  • Section C: Response to live theatre seen during the course 

Unit 2: Creating Original Drama
30% of total A level marks
Internally assessed and externally moderated 

  • Performance by a group of a devised drama influenced by the work of one prescribed practitioner  
  • A synoptic assessment including candidate’s preparation and supporting notes.

Unit 3: Making Theatre (Practical)
30% of total A level marks 
Internally assessed and externally moderated

  • Practical exploration of extracts from two different plays
  • Group performance of an extract from a different play, applying the methods of a prescribed theatre practitioner
  • This includes candidate’s preparatory work and supporting notes

Further information

This A level has a linear specification

Awarding Body 2017-19

AQA Advanced Subsidiary GCE in Drama & Theatre 7261
AQA Advanced GCE in Drama & Theatre 7262

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Coloma Convent Girls' School directly.

Last updated date: 11 January 2017
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