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Drama & Theatre Studies A level at St Charles Catholic Sixth Form College

Course description

If you enjoy watching and reading plays and taking part in them whether performing or directing or devising then this is the course for you.  

Studying Drama and Theatre Studies will enable you to extend your ability to create drama and theatre, either in a performing or production role.  You will write about drama and develop your powers of analysis to become an informed critic.  The course will involve taking part in productions as well as studying plays, playwrights and theatre practitioners.  Part of the course will include visiting theatres and taking part in workshops offered by professional performers.

It should be emphasised that while the course is rooted in practical explorations, a considerable part of it involves analytical written work, and the final two and a half hour exam counts for 40% of the overall mark.

Course content

Component 1: Theatre Workshop 20%

Learners participate in the creation, development and performance of a piece of theatre based on a reinterpretation of an extract from a selected play.  

Component 2: Text in Action 40%

Learners participate in the creation, development and performance of two pieces of theatre based on a provided stimulus:

  1. a devised piece using the techniques and working methods of a different theatre practitioner to that chosen for Component 1.
  2. an extract from a playtext in a different style.

Learners must realise their performance live for the visiting examiner.  They also produce a process and evaluation report.

Component 3: Text in Performance (Written examination) 40%

Sections A and B of the exam involve questions on two complete texts (one written before 1956 and one written post-1956).

Section C involves answering questions on an extract from the play version of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.

Entry requirements

Minimum 6 GCSEs at grade A*- C (including English Language) for A Level study programmes.

English Language or Literature GCSE at Grade C and Drama GCSE at Grade C or above. 

Assessment

The performance and written log which constitute Component 1 are internally assessed by the teacher.  

The two performances and written report for Component 2 are externally assessed.  Component 3 is a written paper taken under ordinary exam conditions.

Financial information

It is a course requirement that students attend a number of theatre productions, therefore they will need to pay a fee of £50 towards this as well as play scripts on enrolment.  

Future opportunities

Studying Drama and Theatre Studies will give you a range of skills sought after by all types of employers, including: analytical, critical, research and collaboration skills.  It will also help to improve your confidence, the way you present yourself both vocally and physically, your self-discipline, and your ability to work as part of a team and to empathise with others.

Further information

Students studying Drama and Theatre Studies have the opportunity to attend many theatrical productions and workshops.  We are lucky to have links to the Royal Court Theatre, The Gate Theatre and The Print Room Theatre and to have regular workshops with professional performers.  Students have performed at various London venues including the O2 Arena, Barbican Centre, Saatchi Gallery, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Cadogan Hall.

We encourage all Drama and Theatre Studies students to participate in extra-curricular activities such as the Christmas show and to join the SCC (St Charles Dance Company) and to enter performance and scriptwriting competitions.  

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Charles Catholic Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 12 October 2016
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