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Drama and Theatre Studies A Level at North Leamington School

Course description

You will be expected to explore the structural elements of theatre from the page to the stage. The course combines practical and theoretical studies and offers students opportunity to extend their ability to create Drama and Theatre through practical exploration and analysis of a variety of play texts and playwrights. Students will learn how to shape dramatic material, how to communicate through space, language, gesture and the use of symbols. Throughout the course the students will be encouraged to acquire the skills of analysis and evaluation to write about drama, appraising both their own work and the work of others. All aspects of Drama and Theatre will be approached from a variety of viewpoints, including those of director, actor, designer and playwright. The course will involve taking part in drama productions and students will be provided with opportunities to attend live theatrical performances and in-school workshops.

Course content

The course has strong practical orientation, combined with the necessary theoretical study needed to understand the work being studied. Students need to be prepared for working in small and large groups in a co-operative manner, learning how to negotiate, share ideas and arrive at informed decisions. Learning takes place through the following: practical workshops, researching background material on playwrights, written research (social/cultural/historical/ political), participating in improvisation, devised work and class discussion. These methods increase understanding of the subject and provide more detail and substance to the students work. Students will be expected to develop skills of selfdiscipline and organisation, as they have to produce student generated work, engage in research and attend rehearsals in their own time.

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs or equivalent including Maths and English at grade 5 or above and an additional 3 at grade A*- C.

Excellent attendance during Year 11 (at least above 90%).

Behaviour and attitude to learning across all GCSE subjects studied to be at least good.

In exceptional circumstances students with a good GCSE profile but have not achieved either Maths or English to a grade 5 at the start of the programme may be considered.

We encourage all students to start with a 3 A level programme. However, in exceptional circumstances, we will consider a student studying a 4th subject. 

Assessment

Component 1 - The Devising Process
Students devise a piece of theatre which they then perform.
They will record the process in a portfolio.
Internally assessed and externally moderated

Component 2 - Text for Performance
Group performance from a performance text
Perform a monologue/duologue from a different text
Externally assessed by a visiting examiner

Component 3 - Theatre makers in practice
A Written Exam (2 hours 30 minutes)
Section A: Live Theatre Evaluation - Evaluation of a piece of live theatre they have seen.
Section B: Questions on a set text - Must be explored practically.
Section C: Director’s interpretation - Interpretation of a text as a director.

Future opportunities

This is a challenging course which will be a useful stepping stone into many Higher Education courses. When students study Drama and Theatre Studies at A Level it invests the individual with invaluable skills in articulating thoughts, exploring ideas, sharpening communication skills and providing the ability to work within a group situation both in a practical and academic setting. The course can also lead to studying Drama and Theatre Studies or Performing Arts at university at a higher level and many students progress to working in theatre, television, film and video. It has also proved invaluable in the journalistic, teaching and legal professions. It can be used as part of your course to broaden your studies and may lead on to a career in the performing arts industries.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact North Leamington School directly.

Last updated date: 24 February 2017
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