AS/A2 Drama and Theatre Studies at Durham High School For Girls
You will complete two modules. Unit 1 [40% of AS grade; 20% of A2 - Exploration of Devised Drama and Theatre] is an internal assessment of drama activities with supporting exploration notes and an evaluation of live theatre. Here you will study the language of theatre and how plays are interpreted, using two plays of contrasting periods or styles. One play will take into account the style of a recognised theatre practitioner such as Stanislavsky or Artaud. There will be practical exploration of plays and experience of live theatre. The written evaluation of this work forms the assessment. Unit 2 [60% of AS grade; 30% of A2 - Theatre Text in Performance] is externally assessed by a visiting examiner. In this unit, there is a compulsory monologue/duologue performance or a design realisation, as well as a group performance or design realisation. You will be expected to make interpretative decisions. Performance and design skills will be assessed. Each student can nominate a particular skill to be assessed, but ultimately the whole group is responsible for every aspect of the production.
This exciting but demanding course requires great commitment and thinking skills and above all a passion for drama in all its aspects – textual, live theatre and performance. Teamwork is vital. Drama and Theatre Studies is possibly the only AS subject where your final result depends on the work of others - and vice versa.
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Drama and Theatre Studies is an excellent subject for developing communication skills, teamwork, self-confidence and self-esteem. At university, it can be studied as a single subject or as a combination with, for example, a modern language. There are both practical and theoretical courses available. It is a useful subject for teaching and acting careers but it is not essential for the latter. It will support careers in law and business where you will need to present your thoughts with charisma and confidence in order to persuade your audience. You could take this course with other advanced level courses, which could be related to the performing arts, to prepare for higher education in the arts or more general higher education courses. With further training, you could go into a job related to the performing arts such as working in the Film, Television or Theatre industries. You may also like to look at joining a theatre group to increase your drama and theatre experience. The course offers a distinct subject content which provides you with the skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers from lots of industries are looking for. You could take this course to complement other advanced level courses such as Music and Drama or to prepare for the A2 part of an Advanced GCE in Dance, which could lead onto higher education to study Dance or more general higher education courses. With further training you could go into a job related to Dance such as a Chorographer, Dance Teacher or you may wish specialise in an area of dance such as ballet and perform on the stage as a professional dancer. You could also go straight into a job as the AS GCE is a recognised qualification that will help you develop the skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for, especially within the Performing Arts sectors.
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How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Durham High School For Girls directly.