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Theatre Studies A Level (Linear) at Bennett Memorial Diocesan School

Course description

Unit 1: Drama and Theatre:

In this unit, you will be required to study two set texts; one which represents significant drama through the ages and another to represent 20th and 21st Century drama. Assessment for this unit will be a 3 hour open book exam exploring both of the set texts as well as analysis and evaluation of the work of live theatre makers.

Unit 2: Creating Original Drama:

This unit will assess the process of creating devised drama as well as its performance to a live audience. The devised work must be influenced by the work and methodologies of one prescribed practitioner and is marked by your drama teachers and moderated by an external AQA examiner.

Unit 3: Making Theatre:

Two set plays are studied for this paper, one pre-twentieth century and one twentieth century play. This practical examination is marked by an external examiner.

Course content

The course demands practical, creative and communication skills in almost equal measure. You will extend your ability to create drama and theatre, either in a performing or design role. You will also be required to write about drama and to develop your powers of analysis to become an informed critic.

Entry requirements

 It is important that you are interested in gaining a greater understanding of how theatre and plays work, and that you are keen to be involved with performances either as an actor or designer. Remember there are a large number of theatre trips, which usually take place outside of school hours that you will be expected to participate in.

APS of 4+ including 3 5s.

Grade 5 - GCSE Drama or a proven track record in performance.  You will also require a good GCSE pass in English and English Literature.


Unit One: 40% - Study of two set texts and critical response to live theatre

Unit Two: 30% - Devised performance and working notebook

Unit Three: 30% - Performance of an extract and reflective report

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Remember there are a large number of theatre trips, which usually take place outside of schools hours that you will be expected to partiicpate in.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Bennett Memorial Diocesan School directly.

Last updated date: 15 November 2018
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