Theatre Studies A level at Ellesmere Port Catholic High School
The full course is made up of the AS units plus two more units studied at A2 level.
Unit 1: Exploration of Drama and Theatre
(40% of total AS marks)
Content Summary: This unit introduces students to the content of plays written for the theatre. They will learn how to analyse plays in a variety of ways to that they become familiar with the way written plays can be interpreted for realisation in performance.
Assessment: This internally assessed unit requires students to explore two contrasting play texts, chosen by the centre, in a practical and active way, at least one of the plays must be explored in the light of a recognised theatre practitioner.
A Video/DVD of one session of the practical work must be made available for use in moderation. A set of exploration notes must be submitted.
Students are also required to experience a live theatre performance and submit an evaluation.
Unit 2: Theatre Text in Performance
(60% of total AS marks)
Content Summary: This unit offers students the chance to demonstrate skills in a performance environment. Their knowledge and understanding gained during the study of two plays in Unit 1 can now be applied with a view to delivering a performance to an audience.
Assessment: This is an externally assessed unit. The first section requires students to offer either a monologue or duologue. The second section requires students to contribute to a performance of a professionally published play by a known writer.
Students may offer either acting or design form and must also provide a concept of the interpretation of their chosen roles or designs.
Unit 3: Exploration of Dramatic Performance
(20% of total A Level marks)
Content Summary: This unit requires the creation of a unique and original piece of theatre. The knowledge and understanding gained in the AS units can now be applied to a created production. Students wil be assessed on both the process of creation and the finished product in the form of a performance to an invited audience.
Assessment: Students will be assessed on the research and development of their work as well as the final performance in front of an identified audience. They are also required to complete an evaluation on both the process and performances of their work.
Written evidence will be required reflecting the research and development work as well as a video/DVD of the final performance.
Unit 4: Theatre Text in Context
(30% of total A Level marks)
Content Summary: This externally examined written unit requires the detailed study of one set play text and one prescribed historical period of theatrical development.
Assessment: This externally assessed unit takes the form of a 2 hour and 30 minute written paper in three sections.
Sections A and B require students to explore one play, from a choice of three set play texts, from the point of view of a director in both an academic and practical way.
In section C a selection must be made of one from a choice of three historic periods of theatre history. A live performance of a play from the chosen period must be experienced and evaluated and a comparison made with the original staging conditions of the play.
It is useful to have taken drama at GCSE but not essential. It is important that you are interested in gaining a greater understanding of how theatre and plays work and that you are keen to get involved in performances.
You need to be curious about issues and ideas and have a creative instinct for communicating your views through drama. You may be keen on acting, writing or the visual and technical side of theatre. Equally you will be interested in going to the theatre to see plays performed by different theatre groups.
The AS and Advanced GCE can lead to further study in Drama, Theatre Studies and Performing Arts in Higher Education at degree of HND levels. It can broaden your studies and lead to a career in performing arts industries.
This subject can help build your confidence and improve your presentation skills in a number of subjects.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ellesmere Port Catholic High School directly.