Drama & Theatre A Level at Kingsdale Foundation School
The Drama department’s vision is to cultivate a love of the Arts through a much more dynamic approach to teaching by constantly offering experiences that challenge student’s view of the Arts through a working environment that promotes and encourages student creativity and reflection.
During the course of Year 12 students will be firstly completing Component 1 and then preparing a performance of a selected script from Component 3 to help support them with their revision for this written examination.
Component 1 - Devising – 40% of the qualification (80 marks in total) – Internally moderated
Students will devise an original piece of theatre using both a key extract from a playtext of their choice and a theatre practitioner as stimuli. This year student’s will be exploring the play – The Laramie Project and the Theatre Practitioners Forced Entertainment.
Component 1 - Assessment
The devised performance, where students will be given a mark for their role. (20 marks)
A portfolio – Directors log book. (60 marks)
Component 2 – Theatre in performance – 20% of the qualification (60 marks) – Externally moderated
Every student will perform in two scripted performances during this component.
This final year of the A level Drama and Theatre Studies course will consist of students completing Unit 3 and then preparing for their Unit 4 written examination.
Unit 1 - Exploration of Drama and Theatre – Covered in Year 12
This unit introduces you to the content of plays written for the theatre. You will learn how to analyse plays in a variety of ways so that they become familiar with way written plays can be interpreted for realisation in performance. You will explore two contrasting play texts in a practical and active way and be introduced to the world of recognised theatre practitioners.
Unit 2 - Theatre Text in Performance – Covered in Year 12
You will perform either a monologue or duologue to an audience. In addition you will also perform in a professionally published play by a known writer, again to an audience.
Unit 3 - Exploration of Dramatic Performance
You will contribute to the creation of a unique and original piece of theatre which you will perform to an invited audience.
Unit 4 - Theatre Text in Context
In sections A and B you will study a play, developing and shaping your ideas for a proposed production of the play from the perspective of a director.
In section C you will study and research the original performance conditions of a play written in a particular period of theatrical development. You will see a live production of a play that corresponds to this particular period.
Component 2- Assessment
- Group performance of an extract from a play text of their choice. (36 marks)
- A monologue or duologue from a play text of their choice. (24 marks)
Component 3 – Theatre makers in practise – 40% of the qualification (80 marks)
Every student will sit a written examination formed of 3 sections (2hrs 30 minutes).
- Section 1 – Live theatre review. Students will be asked to respond to a question about a theatre production they have seen.
- Section 2 – Page to stage – Realising a performance text. Students will be asked questions about how they might perform an unseen extract from a text they have studied over the two years. The plays are listed on the back f this sheet.
- Section 3 – Interpreting a performance text. Students will answer one extended response question from an unseen named section from a different text they have studied over the two years.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Kingsdale Foundation School directly.