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Drama and Theatre Studies AS/A Level at Croesyceiliog School

Course description

The course demands practical and written, creative and communication skills in almost equal measure. You will extend your ability to create drama and theatre, either in a performing or production role (lighting, sound, set, costume or make-up designer). You will also be required to write about drama and to develop your powers of analysis to become an informed critic. The course will involve taking part in drama productions, as well as studying plays, genres and playwrights including: Ibsen, Shakespeare, Brecht, musicals, comedies, Greek drama and modern movements in performance. Through your studies you will also gain valuable insight into different cultures and periods of society as you study different texts.

The course is a natural choice for all those interested in drama, the theatre and the performing arts. You will 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 on the visual and technical side of theatre and wish to develop your skills in some or all of these areas. Equally you will be interested in going to the theatre to see plays performed by different theatre companies. The course develops a wide range of skills valuable to other areas of study. Many find that this course compliments the work they are doing in other areas, including: English, music, history and art.

Course content

AS
AS is short for Advanced Subsidiary. This is the first half of the advanced GCE course. It is a stepping stone to the full advanced GCE qualification. You can take just the AS on its own at the end of the first year.

Unit 1 (Practical and written coursework) – The practical study of two plays, exploring the possibilities of both scripts in performance. You will produce a written portfolio based on the work undertaken.

Unit 2 (Practical Performance in front of a visiting examiner) –

Section A: A performance, in groups, of a play chosen by the school

Section B: A monologue/duologue of an extract from a published play

Advanced GCE
The full advanced GCE qualification is made up of the AS units plus two more units studied at a higher
level.

Unit 3 (Practical) - Devised Theatre Practice. In groups you will write, direct and perform an original play based on a given stimulus.

Unit 4 (Written Exam) - Written exam based on the practical exploration of one set text as an actor, director and designer, plus a historical investigation of a performance of live theatre.

Entry requirements

  • A minimum 5 A* to C grades.
  • A minimum of a grade C in Maths and English.

It is useful to have taken drama at GCSE level but not essential. To qualify to join the class you will need to have gained at least a B-grade in Drama or English Language/Literature. It is important that you are interested in gaining a greater understanding of how theatre and plays work and that you are keen to be involved with performances, either as a performer or on the more technical side.

Assessment

Drama ‘A’ level is recognised as an entry qualification for degree courses, due to its rigorous assessment requirements and the breadth of academic and practical skills acquired over the two years. It helps students develop useful skills of communication, critical analysis and empathy relevant to many careers where communication and aesthetic understanding are desirable and of course, the theatre and television.

Drama students are expected to play an active role in the school’s drama activities which includes the staging of one major musical and one straight play each year. At Croesyceiliog we have had many who have go on to enter the acting, directing and design professions as well as those who have used the skills gained in more diverse ways including: teaching and law.

Future opportunities

It is useful to have taken drama at GCSE level but not essential. To qualify to join the class you will need to have gained at least a B-grade in Drama or English Language/Literature. It is important that you are interested in gaining a greater understanding of how theatre and plays work and that you are keen to be involved with performances, either as a performer or on the more technical side.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 19 December 2014

Key information

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

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