Theatre Studies Edexcel A Level at Kingdown School
The Post 16 A Level in Theatre Studies, is a well-established course at Kingdown, and is suited to students who are committed to and are passionate about the world of Drama and Theatre.
Theatre Studies also promotes selfconfidence, and is a recognised subject for building ‘people skills’. In addition to helping students develop key skills within Drama, the course also allows students to develop their imagination, sensitivity and empathy with the arts, and their artistic knowledge and understanding.
The A Level is very demanding academically and practically, and is particularly suited to students who wish to work in careers involving presentations, negotiations and managing people.
A good English GCSE grade is very important.
Component 1: Exploration and Performance
- Coursework (60% of the qualification)
- A group performance/design realisation of one key extract from a performance text.
- A monologue or duologue performance/design realisation from one key extract from a different performance text. Internally assessed and externally moderated.
There are three parts to the assessment:
Portfolio submission recommendations are:
- it can be handwritten/typed evidence between 2000–2500 words or
- it can be recorded/verbal evidence between 10–12 minutes or
- it can be a combination of handwritten/typed evidence (between 1000–1250 words) and recorded/verbal evidence (between 5–6 minutes).
- the group performance/design realisation
- a monologue or duologue performance/design realisation.
Component 2: Theatre Makers in Practice
- Written examination: 1 hour 45 minutes (40% of the qualification)
- Practical exploration and study of a complete performance text.
- Live theatre evaluation – choice of performance.
GCSE English grade (9-5) and Maths (9-4) plus 3 GCSEs at grades A*-C. GCSE Drama and or Performance experience in and out of school is an advantage.
Live Theatre Evaluation Students answer one extended response question from a choice of two requiring them to analyse and evaluate a live theatre performance they have seen.
Page to Stage: Realising a Performance Text
- Students answer two extended response questions on how they might interpret and realise an unseen extract in performance from their chosen text.
- Students answer from the perspective of a performer and a designer.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Kingdown School directly.