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Theatre Studies A2 AQA at Sandown Bay Academy

Course description

This course offers the opportunity to study Drama and Theatre Studies as part of a dynamic and successful Theatre Arts Department. The course will provide you with a thorough understanding of the theory and practical skills of drama and theatre. You will take part in a variety of practical workshops, have the opportunity to study play texts, different theatre practitioners and/or theatre companies, watch and analyse live performances as well as perform your own work both devised and scripted. The course will appeal if you are interested in drama and the theatre and enjoy a mixture of theoretical and practical work. This highly practical and academic subject has been accepted for a long time by universities including Oxford and Cambridge and students use it as a springboard into a very wide variety of careers. Throughout the course you will receive regular feedback on the practical and written work you are completing. Most of the written work will be in the form of essays or the presentation of research. Formal assessment of this course occurs in a written and a practical exam. You will be expected to see as much live theatre as possible. There are organised trips to various plays on a regular basis (approximately one a month costing around £35) and the more theatre you see, the wider your knowledge and experience will become. One thing all students they have found to be invaluable, is the self-knowledge and confidence that this course provides. You will: • develop your own theatre practice through performing and watching a wide variety of work. • develop your own skills in acting, directing, design, lighting and/or sound. • learn how to present scenes from a play and devise an original group project. • learn how to interpret, from a performance perspective, plays from different genres and periods of theatre. • learn how to research the work of theatre practitioners such as influential directors, designers and theatre companies who have made a significant contribution to theatre practice. • learn how performers, designers and directors communicate meaning to an audience. • learn how to form judgements about live theatre productions. • develop the ability to respond critically to all aspects of drama and theatre. • learn how to think independently and apply your own imagination, judgements and research to your work. A2 Level: • You will develop your knowledge and practical skills further. You will work in a group to create and perform a piece of original devised theatre whilst also researching the theatrical style you are performing in. You will study two more play texts and will answer a question on each text from the perspective of a director, actor or designer in your written exam. In the exam you will also have to provide a complete stage realisation of a short extract from one of the texts you have studied. • You will continue to see, discuss and analyse live theatre performances. EXTRA FEATURES: Various theatre trips. Museum and exhibition trips. A two day London residential visit. The opportunity to get involved in school productions. The chance to work with fantastic teachers!

Entry requirements

Relevant AS qualification

Future opportunities

Due to the academic nature of the Theatre Studies course it is an accepted A-level for entry to even the most prestigious Universities. Many students go on to do drama, acting or performing arts courses, but there are many progression routes through university that lead towards careers in the media, education, arts administration and technical specialisms. In the world of work, employers generally like the confidence the subject gives. Drama and Theatre Studies combines well with all subjects. It is not a matter of choosing this option only if you wish to follow a career in the theatre. Present students combine the study of Drama and Theatre Studies with Maths & Further Maths, Science subjects, Languages as well as the more expected combinations of Art and English Language or Literature A Levels. You could follow a degree course in Acting, Drama and Theatre Arts, Performing Arts or almost any other subject. Or you could study a vocational course at Drama School, in which case you will find this a useful course as a foundation in professional theatre technique and discipline. 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.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact us, ask your Connexions Personal Adviser or school/college careers staff.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Sandown Bay Academy directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year