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A-Level (AS/A2) in Theatre Studies at Archbishop Holgate's School

Course description

This course is delivered in partnership with All Saints school. Qualities & Skills students will require: • A lively interest in -and some knowledge of - the theatre • A willingness to work actively on development of practical drama skills • An ability to work well both individually and as part of a team • A willingness to read widely and a readiness to explore different styles and genres of theatre. • To become an active theatre goer with and without school • Lots of enthusiasm, energy and dedication! A brief outline of the course: Theatre Studies is an enjoyable and rewarding subject which aims to encourage in students the development of appropriate theatre skills; to extend their knowledge and understanding and an extensive appreciation of live theatre. The course involves studying play texts from historic to contemporary playwrights. Students will also encounter the theory and practice of leading theatre practitioners. All written work is accompanied by workshop style lessons to ensure that the emphasis is on the performance perspective of a Director, Actor and Designer. We also research the social background and staging conventions to place the texts in their period. The practical element of the course makes up 50% of the course as does the written examination. In Year 12 students will study, prepare and perform a published play and choose a practitioner as their inspiration for style. In Year 13 students work towards a piece of their own devising, again influenced by a theatrical style encountered on the course. Theatre visits are an integral part of the course. It is not essential to have studied GCSE Drama to embark on this course but students should be able to demonstrate some practical and critical awareness of Drama and Theatre. Theatre Studies combines well with most subjects as our study touches on many wide ranging issues across various disciplines. What careers can it lead to? The course develops qualities which are highly sought by employers and university courses, especially confidence, team work, problem solving and presentation skills. Which leads to careers in diverse fields, such as Media, Personnel work, Marketing and Advertising, Travel and Tourism, Business Management, Teaching and of course, Performing Arts, Film, Theatre and Television.

Future opportunities

The course develops qualities which are highly sought by employers and university courses, especially confidence, team work, problem solving and presentation skills. Which leads to careers in diverse fields, such as Media, Personnel work, Marketing and Advertising, Travel and Tourism, Business Management, Teaching and of course, Performing Arts, Film, Theatre and Television.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification contact us on 01904 411341 or email (sixthform@ archbishopholgates.org), your school/college careers staff or get further information and advice from direct.gov.uk/en/YoungPeople. Alternatively please go to the All Saints RC School website for direct information (http://www.allsaints.york.sch.uk/index.php).

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Archbishop Holgate's School directly.

Last updated date: 01 May 2015
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