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Drama and Theatre Arts WJEC A Level (Linear) at Poynton High School

Course description

The A level Drama course is exciting and challenging and suits anyone who is interested in theatre, design, social history and culture. They are not, however, training grounds for actors and as with any A Level, there is a significant amount of written work involved. The modules include opportunities for groups to perform or design for both scripted and devised pieces of drama as well as to work practically to unlock play texts, and their political and social value.

Entry requirements

  • 5 grade Cs or above at GCSE level, including a C or above in GCSE Drama and English Language.

Assessment

Component 1: Theatre Workshop

Non-exam assessment: internally assessed, externally moderated (20% of A Level)

Learners will be assessed on either acting or design.

Learners participate in the creation, development and performance of a piece of theatre based on a reinterpretation of an extract from a text. The piece must be developed using the techniques and working methods of either an influential theatre practitioner or a recognised theatre company.

Learners will produce:

·         a realisation of the performance or design

·         a creative log.

 

Component 2: Text in Action

Non-exam assessment: externally assessed by a visiting examiner (40% of A Level)

Learners will be assessed on either acting or design.

Learners participate in the creation, development and performance of two pieces of theatre based on a stimulus supplied by WJEC:

1. a devised piece using the techniques and working methods of either an influential theatre practitioner or a recognised theatre company (a different practitioner or company to that chosen for Component 1)

2. an extract from a text in a contrasting style chosen by the learner.

Learners must realise their performance live for the visiting examiner. Learners choosing design must also give a 5-10 minute presentation of their design to the examiner.

Learners produce a process and evaluation report within one week of completion of the practical work.

 

Component 3: Text in Performance

Written examination: 2 hours 30 minutes (40% of A Level)

Sections A and B

Open book: Clean copies (no annotation) of the two complete texts chosen must be taken into the examination.

Two questions, based on two different texts, one written pre-1956 and one written post-1956.

Pre-1956 examples:

The Trojan Women, Euripides

As You Like It, William Shakespeare

Hedda Gabler, Henrik Ibsen

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Tennessee Williams

Post-1956:

Saved, Edward Bond

Accidental Death of an Anarchist, Dario Fo

Racing Demon, David Hare

Love and Information, Caryl Churchill

Section C

Closed book: The extract of text required for answering the questions will be printed on the examination paper.

A series of questions based on a specified extract from:

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time,

Mark Haddon, adapted by Simon Stephens

Details of the extract will be released during the first week of June, one year before the examination.

Future opportunities

Previous A Level Drama students have gained places at world renowned training schools including LIPA, Rose Bruford, East 15 and RADA. They have also made successful applications to Oxford and Cambridge Universities.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Poynton High School directly.

Last updated date: 15 September 2016

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