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Drama and Theatre Studies at Abraham Darby Academy

Course description

The new Edexcel GCE Drama and Theatre Studies course combines the activities of exploring plays, creating devised work, performance, analysis of theatre and critical evaluation.  Pupils completing the course successfully will hone their analytical and creative skills, be able to communicate effectively and confidently with others and have a thorough understanding of Drama, both past and present.  This course is the perfect next step for pupils who have taken GCSE Drama and are keen to further their studies.

Course content

There are 3 components to the course:

Component 1 – Devising

Coursework comprising of a portfolio and performance – 40%. Internally assessed and externally moderated.

Component 2 – Text in Performance

Coursework comprising of 2 performances – 20%. Externally assessed.

Component 3 – Theatre Makers in Practice

Written exam – 40%.

Entry requirements

You will need to have gained at least five 9-5 grades at GCSE including English and Maths and at least a grade 6 in GCSE Drama or have sufficient Drama experience to go forward to A level.

Assessment

Component 1 – Devising

Coursework comprising of a portfolio and performance – 40%. Internally assessed and externally moderated.

Component 2 – Text in Performance

Coursework comprising of 2 performances – 20%. Externally assessed.

Component 3 – Theatre Makers in Practice

Written exam – 40%.

Future opportunities

Drama and Theatre Studies is a widely accepted and welcomed A level course by all Universities.  In fact, your qualification in Drama will show that you have developed confidence, an awareness of self and others, strong and clear communication skills as well as a creative approach to life.

 

Pupils often go on to study at university and frequently take on ‘people centred’ employment,  working in the Arts and Public Relations as well as the Entertainment Industry, Management, Travel and Tourism and also Social Work, Teaching and Politics.

Further information

What skills will I develop?

Acting techniques; text analysis; history of theatre including political, social and cultural contexts of plays being studied; devising and play making skills; directing and clear production elements. Also this course will enhance your confidence, communication, presentation and team work skills.

 

What other subjects should I study with Drama

Pupils often take English Literature and Language, History, a Modern Foreign Language, Media Studies, Politics, Psychology, Sociology or any other of the Performing Arts alongside this course.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Abraham Darby Academy directly.

Last updated date: 14 September 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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