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Drama and Theatre Studies A level at St Martin in the Fields High School for Girls

Course description

This course is made up of four units, the first two of which comprise the AS level qualification, normally covered by all students during the first year of the course. They provide the opportunity to study plays from the point of view of a director, designer, performer and critic. The AS qualification is designed to enable students to acquire a knowledge and understanding of the language of drama and theatre as well as to develop their performing and analytical skills.

Units Three and Four will be studied to achieve the full A-Level qualification in year two. This section of the course aims to extend the knowledge, skills and understanding acquired in the AS units by enabling students to apply what they have learned in their own creative work. In performing theatre, students are required to apply their knowledge, skills and understanding within the structure of a director's interpretation of a play and to operate at a highly intellectual level as well as at a highly skilled practical level.

In brief, during the second year, students devise an original piece of drama for an audience, complete an in-depth study of a play which culminates in a performance of an appropriate scene or montage of scenes, and a written paper on two prescribed plays.

The A-Level course provides an excellent qualification route into higher education and degree programmes in Performing Arts, Drama and Arts Administration to name a few. The Edexcel qualification has the support of higher education institutions as a specialist qualification for drama and theatre related courses but equally it provides a worthwhile experience for students wishing to use it as part of the entry requirements into other subject areas. It is also a useful qualification for students wishing to pursue a career that involves communication and people-orientated skills.

Entry requirements

5 A* - C grades at GCSE, achieving an A or B in Drama or related subject.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Martin in the Fields High School for Girls directly.

Last updated date: 18 March 2015
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