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Drama and Theatre Studies AS/A2 at Stoke Park School and Community Technology College

Course description

This course comprises four units- two in AS and two in A2. It is assessed both academically and practically. It is an enjoyable course that includes performances and therefore a sense of teamwork and commitment is vital. Drama is not an easy option; it requires students to commit fully to the groups, the course and in written and practical tasks.  Rehearsals are generally contained in lessons, but some extra practice may be necessary.

 

Course content

Exam Board: AQA

This course comprises four units- two in AS and two in A2. It is assessed both academically and practically. It is an enjoyable course that includes performances and therefore a sense of teamwork and commitment is vital.

AS:

Unit 1: Live Theatre Production Seen and Prescribed Play

This unit introduces students to the content of plays written for the theatre. The focus of this unit is to use practical drama to prepare for an externally assessed  written examination where they have to answer two questions: a personal response to various aspects of live theatre seen during the course and an interpretation of a set play from a performance      perspective.

Unit 2: Presentation of an Extract from a Play

This unit offers students the chance to demonstrate skills in performance.. They perform as a group an extract from a published play. There is also a focus on by the work of an  influential director, designer, theatre company or other practitioner who has made a  significant contribution to theatre practice The assessment also includes candidates’  reparatory and development work and supporting notes.

 

A2:

Unit 3: Further Prescribed Plays including Pre-Twentieth Century

This externally examined written unit requires the detailed study of two different set plays. The focus is on the interpretation of the plays from a performance perspective and to offer suggestions for a complete stage realisation of a short extract from their selected set play.

Unit 4: Presentation of Devised Drama

This unit requires the students to work in groups to present for an audience a devised  drama, performed in a theatrical style of their choice. The assessment also includes  candidates’ preparatory and development work and supporting notes.

 

 

Entry requirements

5 or more GCSEs at grade A* - C including English and Maths.

Assessment

Assessments as described in Units and Examinations.

Financial information

Students must be prepared to attend evening theatre visits to meet exam criteria. 

Unfortunately the department cannot cover these costs, but is able to subsidise some trips and provide scripts.

 

Future opportunities

A level Drama and Theatre Studies is a course that is accepted by major universities. 

Students who wish to demonstrate interpersonal and communication skills, the ability to work independently and in group situations and who are able to be motivated and fully committed should succeed in this course.

 

 

 

Further information

For further information please contact post 16

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Stoke Park School and Community Technology College directly.

Last updated date: 22 June 2015
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