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Drama and Theatre Studies at Longbenton Community College

Course description

AS Level:

One Year Course

The subject content for AS Drama and Theatre is divided into two components:

1. Interpreting drama. You will develop your knowledge and understanding of drama and theatre through the study of one set play text and the analysis and evaluation of live theatre. This component is assessed through a 1hour 45min written exam and is worth 40% of the AS Level.

2. Process and Performance. You will undertake practical exploration and interpretation of two extracts, each taken from a different play. You will apply the methodology of a theatre practitioner to the second extract which you will perform to a visiting moderator. This is worth 30% of your final AS mark. You will also complete an accompanying portfolio, evidencing your interpreting process as well as your analysis and evaluation of the final performance, making up the final 30% of your AS Level.

A2 Level:

Two Year Course

The subject content for A-level Drama and Theatre is divided into three components:

1. Drama and theatre. You will develop your knowledge and understanding of drama and theatre through the study of two set play texts and the analysis and evaluation of live theatre. This component is assessed through a 3 hour written exam and is worth 40% of the A Level.

2. Creating original drama. You will create and perform a piece of devised drama, influenced by the work and methodologies of a drama and theatre practitioner. You will also complete an accompanying workbook, evidencing your process as well as your analysis and evaluation of the final performance. This is worth 30% of your final A Level mark.

3. Making theatre. You will undertake the practical exploration and interpretation of three extracts, each taken from a different play. You will apply the methodology of a theatre practitioner to the third extract which you will perform to a visiting moderator. You will also complete an accompanying reflective report, evidencing your analysis and evaluation of your interpretation of all three extracts. This will make up the final 30% of the A Level.

The AS qualification is a stand-alone qualification. Marks awarded at AS cannot be carried forward to the A level. However, some of the content covered as part of the AS course will be part of the A level and can be repeated and re-used in the three units in the second year,should a student decide to continue after AS.

Entry requirements

At least 5 GCSE grades A* to C including at least grade C in English and Drama or Level 2 BTEC Acting (Pass or Above) Where Drama has not been studied at GCSE then demonstration of experience in performance is required.

Further information

Students will be expected to visit the theatre regularly, read a wide range of texts and plays and also be involved in the performance opportunities offered in school and beyond.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Longbenton Community College directly.

Last updated date: 25 October 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years

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