Theatre Studies A Level at John F Kennedy Catholic School
The course follows the Eduqas A level in Drama and Theatre syllabus. This is an exciting and inspiring course which prepares learners for further study in Higher Education and develops key transferable skills useful to a broad range of careers. This highly practical specification provides learners with the opportunity to work as either performers and/or designers on three different performances. The course ends with a written examination.
The complete A level is divided into 3 components:
Component 1: Theatre Workshop Learners will be assessed on either acting or design. Learners participate in the creation, development and performance of a piece of theatre based on a reinterpretation of an extract from a text chosen from a list supplied by WJEC. The piece must be developed using the techniques and working methods of either an influential theatre practitioner or a recognised theatre company. Learners must produce: • a realisation of the performance or design • a creative log
Component 2: Text in Action Learners will be assessed on either acting or design. Learners participate in the creation, development and performance of two pieces of theatre based on a stimulus supplied by the exam board: 1. a devised piece using the techniques and working methods of either an influential theatre practitioner or a recognised theatre company (a different practitioner or company to that chosen for Component 1) 2. an extract from a text in a contrasting style chosen by the learner Learners must realise their performance live for the visiting examiner. Learners choosing design must also give a 5-10 minute presentation of their design to the examiner.
Component 3: Text in Performance (Written examination) Sections A and B Open book: Clean copies (no annotation) of the two complete texts chosen must be taken into the examination. Two questions, based on two different texts, one written pre-1956 and one written post-1956.
Pre-1956: Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen
Post-1956: Chimerica by Lucy Kirkwood
Section C Closed book: A series of questions based on a specified extract from The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon, adapted by Simon Stephens
Recommended GCSE English Language Grade C
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact John F Kennedy Catholic School directly.