Drama and Theatre Studies A Level at Ivybridge Community College
The GCE Drama and Theatre Studies specification is designed to provide a balance across a range of learning activities. It combines the activities of exploring plays, creating theatre, the performing of plays, the analysis of theatre and the critical evaluation of all of these elements. When completing the course successfully, you will hone your analytical and creative skills, and have a thorough understanding of drama, theatre and an ability to communicate effectively with others.
Being an Arts subject, there are rarely clear-cut or simple answers, but through research and exploration, you will learn to put forward considered options, helping to develop an independent mind. Practically you will develop self and group awareness, alongside imaginative, creative, cognitive and social skills.
The aims of the course are to encourage you to: develop your interest and enjoyment in drama and theatre both as participants and as informed members of an audience, fostering an enthusiasm for and critical appreciation of the subject; develop understanding and appreciation of the significance of social, cultural and historical influences on the development of drama and theatre; experience a range of opportunities to develop a variety of dramatic and theatrical skills, enabling you to grow creatively and imaginatively in both devised and scripted work; integrate theory and practice through your understanding of critical concepts and the use of specialist terminology.
What will you study?
The examination has a four-unit structure. The unit 4 assessment may be re-taken once only. AS units (to be completed within the first year of study);
Unit 1 – Exploration of Drama and Theatre: An exploration of two contrasting plays, chosen by the centre and studied both practically and through theory. Assessment: Internally, written and practical work. 40% of AS marks
Unit 2 – Theatre Text in Performance: You have a chance to demonstrate skills gained in unit 1 in a performance environment, to an audience.
Unit 3 – Exploration of Dramatic Performance You will create a unique and original piece of theatre. Knowledge and understanding gained in the AS units can now be applied to a created production.
Unit 4 – Theatre Text in Context You will make a detailed study of one set play text and one prescribed historical period of theatrical development. Assessment: Externally, a 2½ hour written paper in three sections.
In order to be considered for an Advanced Subsidiary Course, which leads to a full Advanced Level, students will be expected to have gained an absolute minimum of five GCSE grades at C or above in Mathematics and English, with a minimum of B grades in their chosen subjects having been studied at a higher tier. Students achieving a C grade at GCSE in their chosen subject may be accepted only by negotiation and agreement with the Team Leader for that subject.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ivybridge Community College directly.