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Drama and Theatre Studies at Simon Langton Girls' Grammar School

Course description

Board:

AQA

Outline of the Course:

Unit 1: Drama and theatre

  • Knowledge and understanding of drama and theatre
  • Study of two set plays, one chosen from List A (drama through the ages), one chosen from List B (20th and 21st century drama)
  • Analysis and evaluation of the work of live theatre makers

Unit 2: Creating original drama (practical) - Completed in Yr 12

  • Process of creating devised drama
  • Performance of devised drama (students may contribute as performer, designer or director)
  • Devised piece must be influenced by the work and methodologies of one prescribed practitioner
  • This component is marked by teachers and moderated by AQA.

Unit 3: Making theatre (practical) - Completed in Yr 13

  • Practical exploration and interpretation of three extracts, each taken from a different play.
  • Methodology of a prescribed practitioner must be applied to Extract 3. Extract 3 is to be performed as a final assessed piece (students may contribute as performer, designer or director)
  • Reflective report analysing and evaluating theatrical interpretation of all three extracts. This component is marked by AQA.

Entry requirements

Minimum entry criteria:

Guarantees a place on the course: 7 in Drama or 7 in English Literature if Drama has not been studied.

May be accepted on the course: 6 in Drama and 6 in English Literature if Drama has not been studied.

Assessment

Type of Assessment

Written Examination – Section A: one question (from a choice) on one of the set plays from List A (25 marks). Section B: one two part question on a given extract from one of the set plays from List B (25 marks). Section C: one question on the work of theatre makers in a single live theatre production (30 marks).

Duration

3 hours

Weighting

40% (80 marks)

Type of Assessment

Creating original drama (practical). How it’s assessed: Working notebook (40 marks) and Devised performance (20 marks).

Weighting

30% (60 marks)

Type of Assessment

Making theatre (practical) How it’s assessed: Performance of Extract 3 (40 marks) and Reflective report (20 marks)

Weighting

30% (60 marks)

 

Financial information

 Students are required to buy their own set texts for this course. For the AS Drama and Theatre Studies course this involves a financial outlay of £22 approximately and for A2 £20 approximately. This is because students are allowed to take these texts in to the examination with personal annotated notes.

Future opportunities

You could take this course with other advanced level courses, which could be related to the performing arts, to prepare for higher education in the arts or more general higher education courses. With further training, you could go into a job related to the performing arts such as working in the Film, Television or Theatre industries. You may also like to look at joining a theatre group to increase your drama and theatre experience. The course offers a distinct subject content which provides you with the skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers from lots of industries are looking for. You could take this course to complement other advanced level courses that may be related to the performing arts or to prepare for the A2 part of an Advanced GCE in Drama and Theatre Studies, which could lead onto higher education within the arts or more general higher education courses.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 13 June 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 years

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