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Drama & Theatre Studies A Level at Treviglas Community College

Course description

To ensure appropriate progress is being made in the subject, student passports will need to be signed off in the interim period.

Students will be engaged in preparing for performances, considering all aspects of theatre production, and will conduct research into the performing arts industry.
 

Is this the course for me?

Performing Arts aims to:

  • Develop an interest in, and enthusiasm for, the study of all aspects of performing arts
  • Develop an understanding of a range of theatre styles and the ability to use them in a variety of different contexts
  • Develop students’ confidence on stage whilst exploring a range of theatre techniques and workshops
  • Develop in students the skills, qualities and attitudes which will equip them for the challenges, opportunities and responsibilities of adult and working life.

 

Course content

AS

 The subject content for AS Drama and Theatre is divided into two components:

  1. Interpreting drama
  2. Process and performance

Guidance is also provided on the theatrical skills students will need to work on.

In the practical component students may specialise in performing, lighting, sound, set, costume, puppets and/or directing.

A2

The subject content for A-level Drama and Theatre is divided into three components:

  1. Drama and theatre
  2. Creating original drama
  3. Making theatre

Guidance is also provided on the theatrical skills students will need to work on.

In the practical components students may specialise in performing, lighting, sound, set, costume, puppets and/or directing.

 

Entry requirements

GCSE English C or above.

Drama GCSE would be an advantage, though is not essential.

Assessment

AS Component 1: Interpreting Drama

Whats Assessed

  • Knowledge and understanding of drama and theatre
  • Study of one set play from a choice of seven
  • Analysis and evaluation of the work of live theatre makers

How its assessed

  • Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • Open Book
  • 80 marks
  • 40% of AS

AS Component Two: Process and Performance (Practical)

Whats assessed

  • Practical exploration and theatrical interpretation of two extracts (extract 1 & 2) eah taken from a different play

Methodology of a prescribed practitioner must be applied to Extract 2

Extract 2 is to be performed as a final assessed piece (students may contribute as performer, designer or director)

  • Portfolio evidencing interpretive process and analysis and evaluation of permormance.

How its assessed

  • Performance of Extract 2 (30 marks)
  • Portfolio (30 marks)
  • 60 marks in total
  • 60% of AS

A level 1 Component 1: Drama & Theatre

  • Knowledge and understanding of drama and theatre
  • Study of two set plays, one chosen from List A, one chosen from List B
  • Analysis and evaluation of the work of live theatre makers

How its assessed

  • Written Exam: 3 hours
  • Open book
  • 80 marks
  • 40% of A Level

A Level Component 2: Creating original drama (practical)

Whats assessed

  • Process of creating devised drama
  • Perormance of devised drama (students may contribute as performer, designer or director)

Devised piece must be influenced by the work and methodologies of one prescribed practitioner.

How its assessed

  • Working notebook (40 marks)
  • Devised performance (20 marks)
  • 60 marks in total
  • 30% of A Level

A Level Component 3: MakingTheatre (practical)

Practical exploration and interpretation of three extracts (extract 1, 2 & 3) each taken from a different play

Methodology of a prescribed practitioner must be applied to Extract  3

Extract 3 is to be performed as a final assessed piece (students may contribute as a performer, designer or director)

  • Reflective report analysing and evaluating theatrical interpretation of all three extracts

How its assessed

  • Performance of Extract 3 (40 marks)
  • Reflective report (20 marks)
  • 60 marks in total
  • 30% of A Level

Future opportunities

This course offers a gateway into any performing arts career which includes, stage schools, university, entertainers, backstage and stage management. As well as preparing the student for a university course in the same field, it also explores the opportunity for other routes into the performing arts industry. The course allows the students to consider their future and research different pathways into their chosen career,  evaluating the implications of that decision.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Treviglas Community College directly.

Last updated date: 26 September 2016

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