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Drama and Theatre at King Edward VI Sheldon Heath Academy

Course description

A-level Drama and Theatre Studies is for students who enjoy reading and watching plays, and taking part in them, whether performing, directing or designing sets and costumes. This course encourages the practical engagement with performance texts to enhance your imaginative and analytical development, and it integrates theory and practice throughout. The Drama and Theatre A-Level includes the following units: • Live theatre production and play which introduces you to the content of plays written for the theatre. • Presentation of an extract from a play • Further prescribed plays • Presentation of devised drama

Course content

A-level Drama and Theatre Studies is for students who enjoy reading and watching plays, and taking part in them, whether performing, directing or designing sets and costumes. This course encourages the practical engagement with performance texts to enhance your imaginative and analytical development, and it integrates theory and practice throughout. The Drama and Theatre A-Level includes the following units: • Live theatre production and play which introduces you to the content of plays written for the theatre. • Presentation of an extract from a play • Further prescribed plays • Presentation of devised drama

Entry requirements

GCSE Drama or Performing Arts: C GCSE Maths: C GCSE English: C

 

 

All A - Level courses are two year courses. You will sit the AS exams at the end of Year 12 and the A-Level exams at the end of Year 13. Although the AS grade will not count towards your final A-Level grade, you will need at least a grade D at AS to be able to continue into Year 13.

Assessment

At the end of Year 12 there will be a written examination lasting 1 hour 45 minutes which alongside your coursework will form your AS grade. Coursework contributes 60% towards your AS grade. At the end of Year 13 you will have a written examination lasting 2.5 hours which contributes 40% towards your A-Level grade. The remaining of your grade will be made from two pieces of coursework. The first will focus devising an original performance contributing 40% towards your final A-Level grade, the other on a performance from a performance text contributing 20% towards your final A-Level grade.

Future opportunities

Many of students opt to continue their studies at University. The A - Level Drama and Theatre course and can lead to a range of courses including Theatre Studies, Performance Studies, and Community Performance. Some students progress onto Arts Apprenticeships or enter the Performance and Cultural Industries as a member of the workforce. Drama and Theatre is also an excellent foundation for courses such as Teaching, Marketing, Business and Public Sector roles.

Further information

Please contact the Academy

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact King Edward VI Sheldon Heath Academy directly.

Last updated date: 13 January 2016
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