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Drama and Theatre Studies - A Level at Katharine Lady Berkeley's School

Course description

Year 12 Component 1: Exploration and performance

This unit is designed to provide students the opportunity to perform one extract of a text and a monologue or duologue. This will be performed to the teacher examiner and moderated through a film by the exam board. They will demonstrate their performance skills in a performance environment using additional lighting, set and sound equipment. A portfolio of evidence of 2000-2500 words is also written which documents their process and records how they came to create their extract on stage.

Year 12 Component 2: Theatre Makers in Practice

This is a written examination and students will be working on a text and a live performance over the year in preparation for writing the exam at the end of the year. Section A is a Live Theatre Evaluation involving pupils analysing something they have seen on stage. Section B is called ‘Page to Stage’ and involves students answering two questions on how they might interpret and realise an unseen extract of a studied text. Students answer as a performer and a designer.

Year 13 Component 1: Year 13 Component 1: Devising 40% internally assessed

This is a unit that allows pupils to create their own piece of drama using their imagination and creativity. They will devise an original performance using one extract from a text and one practitioner influence. In addition, they will write a portfolio of 2500-3000 words documenting their process for their rehearsals and devising. This will be performed to the teacher examiner and moderated through a film by the exam board. They will demonstrate their performance skills in a performance environment using additional lighting, set and sound equipment.

Year 13 Component 2: Exploration and performance 20% - Internally assessed

Similar to component 1 at Year 12, this unit is designed to provide students the opportunity to perform one extract of a text and a monologue or duologue. This will be performed to the teacher examiner and moderated through a film by the exam board. They will demonstrate their performance skills in a performance environment using additional lighting, set and sound equipment. They have the option of reworking and improving the scripted performances from Year 12, or working on a new text altogether.

Year 13 Component 3: Theatre Makers in Practice 40% externally assessed

This is a written examination that builds on the skills learnt for the examination in Year 12. Section A is a Live Theatre Evaluation involving pupils analysing something they have seen on stage, this could be the same production seen for the examination in Year 12 or could be something different. They can revisit their notes and take these into the exam with them. Section B is again ‘Page to Stage’ and involves students answering two questions on how they might interpret and realise an unseen extract of a studied text. Students answer as a performer and a designer. They will revisit their notes made in Year 12 and continue to design for the script studied here.

Entry requirements

5 in Drama OR Grade 5 in at least one English GCSE.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Katharine Lady Berkeley's School directly.

Last updated date: 21 November 2017

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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