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Drama and Theatre Studies A Level at Dartford Grammar School for Girls

Course description

Drama and Theatre Studies (AQA)

The A level Drama and Theatre course inspires students to become independent theatre makers. This course emphasises practical creativity alongside research and theoretical understanding. Students learn through experience, seeing theatre and making theatre for themselves. Students gain many valuable skills, both theatrical and transferable, to expand their horizons.

Component 1: Drama and theatre

Study of a set play, analysis and evaluation of the work of live theatre makers and knowledge and understanding of drama and theatre.

Section A: one question on the set play studied under exam conditions.

Section B: one two part question on a given extract from a set play studied (different to set play in section A) under exam conditions.

Section C: You will see a variety of live productions during the year and, using prepared notes, you will write a review under exam conditions.

Component 2: Creating original drama
Performance of devised drama which is influenced by the work and
methodologies of a prescribed practitioner.

Component 3: Making theatre
Practical exploration and interpretation of three extracts each taken
from a different play. Methodology of a prescribed practitioner must be
applied to extract 3.

You will be taught using a variety of methods:

Textual study. Practical exploration. Workshop. Group
and individual tasks. Demonstration. Discussion. Rehearsal. Performance.

Entry requirements

Grade 6 in GCSE Drama or English Language or English Literature


Component 1: Written examination lasting 3 hours. This is an open
book exam and is worth 80 marks.

Component 2: Devised performance worth 20 marks and a working
notebook documenting the process and creation worth 40 marks.

Component 3: Performance of extract 3 worth 40 marks and a written
reflective report worth 20 marks.

Future opportunities

Many: English, History, Drama, Media Studies, Education, Politics and Law.

Vast: Preparation for all fields of industry.  Arts, Education, Media, Corporate Industry, Therapy. Increasingly Law and Medical faculties are recognising the value of Drama at A Level as preparation for effective communication.

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How to apply

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

Last updated date: 27 November 2017
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