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Drama and Theatre Studies AS/A Level ( Edexcel ) at Allerton High School Business and Enterprise Specialist School

Course description

Drama and Theatre Studies is taught by a team of enthusiastic and well qualified specialist teachers.  Post 16 work is however a two way process. In return we expect full commitment and effort from our students.

This course is for you if you have ever:

  • Wanted to study a variety of texts and practitioners to understand the history of theatre.
  • Wanted to explore a wide range of Drama techniques and genres to deepen your performance knowledge.
  • Wanted to perform in front of an audience or develop your technical skills.
  • Wanted the opportunity to create your own piece of original theatre.
  • Wanted to see a variety of live theatre to develop your own practice.

 

Course content

AS - Component 1

Performance Workshop

C1: Internally assessed practical exam – 120 marks / 60%

A practical performance of two extracts from 2 contrasting plays, supported by a written evaluation.

Text 1 – a 10-15 minute reconstructed text performance in a theatre style, plus a written creative log of 1000 words.

Evaluation 1200-1500 words on deconstructed text performance only.

Text 2 –A faithful interpretation of a monologue plus a written creative log of 1000 words.

AS - Component 2

Text in Context

C2: Externally assessed written exam – 80 marks / 40%

A 1 ½ hour written exam on a set text (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof by Tennessee Williams).

Additional Study:

Theatre Visits – minimum of three per year.  You will use your live theatre experience to influence your practical work, and will refer to it in your coursework and written exams.

Practitioner Research.  Over the two years you will study:

Bertolt Brecht / Augusto Boal / Kneehigh Theatre / Frantic Assembly / Antonin Artaud / Katie Mitchell / Steven Berkoff / Alecky Blythe.

 

A2 - Component 1

Theatre Workshop

C1 A Level: Internally assessed practical exam – 60 marks / 20%

A 10-15 minute performance of a deconstructed extract of a text in the style of a chosen practitioner or company, plus a creative log of 1500 words.

A2 - Component 2

Text in Action

C2 A Level: Externally assessed practical exam – 120 marks / 40%

A group devised piece and a group performance of a text extract based on a stimulus set by the exam board, supported by a written process and evaluation report of 1500 words.

A2 - Component 3

Text in Performance

C3 A Level: Externally assessed written exam – 120 marks / 40%

A 2 ½ hour written exam.  Candidates will study one set text pre 1956 (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof) and one text post 1956 (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof), plus one extract from ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nightime’.

Entry requirements

You should have achieved at least 5 GCSEs at Grades 9-5 or equivalent including English and Maths and to include one of the following:-

GCSE Drama Grade 5 / BTEC Merit and English grade 5 or above.  (Please note we also encourage students who have not done GCSE Drama but have a passion for performing or technical theatre - set/lighting/sound/costume/makeup ).

Assessment

C1: Internally assessed practical exam – 120 marks / 60%

C2: Externally assessed written exam – 80 marks / 40%

C1 A Level: Internally assessed practical exam – 60 marks / 20%

C2 A Level: Externally assessed practical exam – 120 marks / 40%

C3 A Level: Externally assessed written exam – 120 marks / 40%

Future opportunities

If you decide to go to university or college and you have other qualifications, you could take a Degree in subjects such as:

Performing Arts (Drama, Theatre Studies, Music, Dance, Musical Theatre, Technical Theatre, Community Drama and Education), English, Media, Law, Business, Social Sciences, Humanities, Languages or professions where you have to deal with people such as the Police, Nursing, Teaching, Community Arts/Theatre in Education, Youth Work, Law, Business, Media, Public Relations, Marketing or Retail

 

Further information

For further information please contact Mrs Smith at Allerton High School on 0113 2034770 or smitht@allertonhigh.org.uk

 

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 02 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years
  • Number of planned places: 25

Contact details

    • Contact name:
    • Mr B Harding
    • Contact telephone number:
    • 0113 2034770

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