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Drama A Level at Queens Park Community School

Course description

Studying Drama and Theatre will give you a deeper understanding of how theatre works and you will have opportunities to be a performer, a director and an active audience member. You will develop an understanding and appreciation of how the social, cultural and historical contexts of performance texts have influenced the development of drama and theatre. Furthermore you will develop and apply an informed, analytical framework for making, performing, interpreting and understanding drama and theatre. It is an interesting and creative course and will help you with skills used in a wide range of
university courses and careers, such as independent research, collaboration, analysis and evaluation. We will not be offering AS at the end of year 12 but there will be an internal exam.

Course content

Component 1: Devising (40% of A Level qualification)
Students study a text with their teacher and use an extract from it together with work of a theatre practitioner as stimuli to create a devised performance. They will take on the role of either designer or performer for an assessed performance to an invited audience. They will be assessed on their performance or presentation and design
skills. Students will create a portfolio recording the exploration, rehearsal and creation process of their group performance or design and their evaluation of the performance and their own contribution to it. They will be assessed on their evidence of how they created and developed ideas to communicate meaning in their performance or design as well as their ability to make connections between dramatic theory and practice.
 
Component 2: Text in Performance (20% of A Level qualification) Students will prepare through exploration and rehearsal and participate in, as performer or
designer, a monologue or duologue and a group performance. These will be performed to an invited audience and a visiting examiner. They will be assessed on their performance or presentation and design skills, including interpretation, creative intention and realisation.
 
Component 3: Theatre Makers in Practice (40% of A Level qualification) Students
will attend live theatre performances and make and refine notes on the production
values of the performances they see. Students will study and practically exploretwo play texts and one theatre practitioner. For the second text, they will create a director's concept for a re-imagined production of the play. Assessment is through a written exam responding to one of the performances they have seen and the plays and practitioner they have studied. They will be assessed on their ability to analyse and evaluate the work of others and to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of how drama and theatre is developed and performed.

Entry requirements

Drama grade 5 and English grade 5, an enthusiasm for making, analysing and exploring theatre and for performing. Students who did not take GCSE Drama will be considered if they achieved English Grade 5 or above and demonstrated excellent drama skills at KS3 or participated in productions.

Future opportunities

Students can progress from this qualification to:
 
Drama schools, university courses that relate directly to drama and theatre
 
University courses that will benefit from the skills acquired from this GCE, for example law, human resources, psychology, people management
 
Employment where people skills are essential, for example management, retail, nursing, industry and business environments
 
Employment where time management, confidence, the ability to work collaboratively
and to meet deadlines are desirable

Further information

Students can progress from this qualification to:
 
Drama schools, university courses that relate directly to drama and theatre
 
University courses that will benefit from the skills acquired from this GCE, for example law, human resources, psychology, people management
 
Employment where people skills are essential, for example management, retail, nursing, industry and business environments
 
Employment where time management, confidence, the ability to work collaboratively
and to meet deadlines are desirable

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Queens Park Community School directly.

Last updated date: 16 April 2018
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