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Performance Studies A Level at The Trinity Catholic School

Course description

1 Creating Performance
Coursework – 60% of AS, 30% of A-Level
2 Performance Contexts 1
Written examination – 40% of AS, 20% of A-Level
Unit 1
You will undertake the following practical work:
• skills-based workshops in individual art forms.
• Devising and performing a short piece in each individual art form (dance,
drama, music).
• Devising and performing a longer piece that combines elements of all three
art forms and has been devised to fit to a chosen venue outside of school.
This unit is teacher assessed, based on two elements:
• A written commentary including details of the technical knowledge you
have acquired, how you have applied this to your practical work and the
process that you went through to create your performance pieces.
• Your practical performance and creative devising skills, as exhibited in the
extended community piece.
Unit 2
For this unit you will study one work in depth in each of two areas, chosen
from Dance, Drama and Music.
• For Dance you will look at a work by the contemporary choreographer
Matthew Bourne.
• For Drama you will look at play by John Godber, a contemporary British
• For Music you will study four contrasting songs by George Gershwin, an
American Composer from the 1920/30’s.
This unit is assessed through a written exam paper of two hours’ duration.

3 Performance Contexts 2
Written examination 40% of A2, 20% of A-Level
4 Performance Project
Composition coursework – 60% of A2, 30% of A-Level
Unit 3
For this unit you will study: ‘Twentieth Century American Musicals’. This unit
is assessed through a written exam paper of two hours’ duration.
The topic examines the emergence of the American Musical in the twentieth
century. You will learn about the roots of the Musical in Operetta, Vaudeville
and in the spectacular works of The Zeigfeld Follies. You will study a range
of extracts drawn from Musicals, focusing on three specific practitioners; a
choreographer, a composer and a dramatist. You will investigate the way in
which the art forms work together to produce an integrated piece of Musical
Theatre. The Musicals studied may include such classics as ‘West Side Story’,
‘The Sound of Music’ and ‘Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street’.
Unit 4
For this unit you will undertake two performance assessments.
• The first will be an extract from the repertoire of one of the practitioners
you studied in either Unit 2 or 3
• The second will be a student devised performance integrating two or three
art forms. This will be based on a topic, chosen from a selection set by the
examining board.
This Unit will be assessed at a live performance by a visiting examiner.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 05 November 2014

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years