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Drama and Theatre Studies A Level at Parkstone Grammar School

Course description

Students must be prepared to commit to rehearsals and visits out of school hours. Students are encouraged to attend Theatre Visits to extend their understanding of Theatre Practice and the style for Unit 4.


Course content

Term 1 - Study of two set texts (Unit 3).
Selection of material and group for Unit 4
Independent research on styles for Unit 4
Theatre visits and workshop to support Unit 4
Rehearsal of Unit 4 project
Term 2 - Unit 4 – rehearsal, performance and assessment of Unit 4 (externally moderated)
recording and presentation of supporting notes for Unit 4
Term 3 - Study and revision of two set texts
Written exam practice including coursework details including recommended time to be spent:
Students will need to attend all rehearsals for Unit 4, some of which will be outside lesson times. Commitment to these rehearsal is a requirement of the course


Unit 4 Practical - Play in Production - 20% of the total A Level marks - Performance by a group of a devised piece of theatre based on a style seen and studied on the course. Internally assessed and externally moderated at the end of the year. Marks are also awarded for preparation and for ‘supporting notes’.

Unit 3 Written - Text into Performance - 2 hours - 30% of the total A Level marks. Study of two further set plays. Externally set and assessed at the end of the course.

Unit 4 will be assessed during Term 2. NB Your daughter’s absence will adversely affect her own mark as well as that of the whole group. Regular written and reading assignments will be set to acquire knowledge for, and to give practice in, the written approach to Unit 3. Students must be prepared, in addition to set tasks, to undertake a regular and independent programme of wider reading, to achieve the breadth and depth of knowledge of Theatre needed to be successful


How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Parkstone Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 29 September 2016
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    • We are a heavily oversubscribed 11-18 selective girls’ school offering outstanding education to the girls of Poole and its surrounding area. Founded in 1905 Parkstone has continued to provide excellent academic results within a warm, friendly and vibrant community. We are a six form entry school with 1250 students including 370 in the sixth form.

      Girls at Parkstone are not only encouraged to succeed academically, but to enjoy the wide range of musical, theatrical, sporting, speaking and charitable opportunities.