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A Level Drama at The Cottesloe School

Course description

There are two modules for year AS and a further 2 modules for A2. The structure of the specification at each level, AS and A2, is one written unit (60%) and one practical unit (40%). In the practical units, both AS and A2, students must present a group performance of a professional standard. Students choose from one of the following skills, which could include: Acting, Directing, or Technical elements such as Lighting and/or Sound.

Course content


Unit 1: Live Theatre Production Seen and the study of a Prescribed Play This written 1 ½ hour exam consists of the analysis and/or evaluation of one live production (of many!) that you have seen during the course, plus the study of one set play, in terms of its performance potential. You will be required to discuss how you would produce your own version, or perform one of the characters, or design a set for your own version of this text.

Unit 2: Presentation of an Extract from a Play – Practical Working as a member of a group, you will prepare a continuous extract of a play for a visiting moderator and audience. The performance must be in the style of a practitioner and you will be marked on your preparation and development process. Supporting notes are also required for this assessment.


Unit 3: Further Prescribed Plays including Pre-Twentieth Century You will study 2 further plays from different topic areas prescribed by the exam board in a 2 hour exam. The second section of this paper requires you to explain how you would stage your own interpretation of one of these set plays, from page to stage, considering everything from casting, to set, to costume, to set, to lighting, to acting. The sky’s is the limit!

Unit 4: Presentation of Devised Drama – Practical You will devise a piece of professional drama as a group to perform to an audience. Marks awarded will also include your preparation and developmental work and supporting notes. The exact subject matter of the performance is decided by the group, and the performance must be in a clear style. You have complete artistic control with this performance; imagination and creativity is essential!

Future opportunities

This course is a new and exciting addition to Cottesloe Sixth Form Studies for September 2015. Programmes of study are designed to inspire the creativity, imagination and performance skills of all budding performers, as well as students who enjoy reading and watching plays and taking part in drama, as an actor, director or designer.

Further information

You will need to attend external performances as advised during the course. You will also need to attend internal workshops organised as required to develop your performance skills. Small financial contributions are occasionally required to fund these. Additional rehearsal outside of lesson time will be essential.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Cottesloe School directly.

Last updated date: 26 May 2015

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