A Level Drama and Theatre Studies at Saint Gregory's Catholic College
The course is practically based with no final written exam for either AS Level or A2 Level. The course can be structured with a focus on either being a performer or a technician. Students will look at the performing arts industry as well as textual exploration. They will be examined through coursework, both practical and written.
Unit 1: Professional Practice. Skills development / working diary. Students identify and rehearse appropriate technical operations or pieces from existing repertoire and participate in the presentation of a performance to an audience.
Unit 2: Professional Practice. Performance and production / working diary. Students select and prepare appropriate material for an audience, including development and application of skills for performance, preparation for performance, performance in a production and safe working practices.
Unit 3: Investigating Performance Arts Organisations. 2000/3000 word comparison essay and presentation. This module looks at types of arts organisations and the range of ‘products’ produced. It could include arts centres, design services, dance schools, set construction companies, lighting equipment companies, stage schools and touring companies.
Unit 4: Getting Work. 1000 word written statement. This unit helps students to learn more about current working practices in the business and will prepare them for further study or training in performing artsrelated occupations.
Unit 5: Producing A Showcase / Production Demonstration. Students will produce and present a Showcase containing two contrasting solo pieces chosen by them (from existing repertoire) and a duologue, duet, duo or pas de deux in which they perform with one other person.
Unit 6: Exploring Repertoire. 3000 word written commentary. Students will work as a company to produce or perform two contrasting pieces of practical work. This practical work will be based on two contrasting pieces from the huge repertoire of material available, one contemporary and one historical.
This option is only available to students who are gifted performers with a passion for drama. Students must be prepared to attend rehearsals out of school hours, particularly just before units are performed and filmed. Students will be required to work extremely hard over the two year course, both independently and with direction from the teacher in order to gain both qualifications.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Saint Gregory's Catholic College directly.