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Drama and Theatre Studies AS/A level at Hatch End High School

Course description

This course is dedicated to all students wanting to explore their creative side in detail. The desired student will have the ability to express creative views practically and theoretically showing and appreciation and understanding of the arts as a whole. Students will need to be dedicated to extra time outside of the classroom in order to develop and rehearse performances and also be prepared to go and watch different genres of performance in order to widen pedagogy.

Course content

Students will be led through practical workshops in order to gain the pedagogy and required skills needed to explore and create workshops. students are taken to the Theatre to experience live theatre, giving them the opportunity to visually see the impact of creative arts and also aid them in the knowledge of all aspects of performing. Students will be guided within the theoretical elements and classroom based learning to prepare them for written exams and components. Mock exams and performances will be offered along the way.

Entry requirements

6 GCSE grades A*-C / 9-5 including English Language and Maths at C+/5+.


Component 1:

Interpreting drama This component is a written exam in which students are assessed on their knowledge and understanding of how drama and theatre is developed and performed (AO3) and on their ability to analyse and evaluate the live theatre work of others (AO4). The paper constitutes 40% of the AS. Students have 2 hours to answer the paper.

The paper is divided into two compulsory sections:

Section A: Drama through the ages

Section B: Live theatre production.

Component 2:

Process and performance It is marked by teachers and moderated by AQA. For this component students must practically explore (workshop) and interpret two key extracts each from a different play and complete two assessment tasks: formally present Extract 2 to an audience produce an individual Portfolio documenting work on both Extract 1 and Extract 2.

If students decide to carry onto the A-Level they will complete the following Units:

Drama and theatre

Creating original drama

Making theatre

Future opportunities

Theatre Studies is recognised as a clear indication of academic and practical achievement. Studying Drama has a lot of personal benefits for students and universities and employers are often interested in people who have experience in Drama. The course could lead to degrees or employment in; Drama & Performance, Arts Management, Public Relations, Marketing, Law, Events Management, Directing, Producing, Lighting/Sound Designer, Costume/ Makeup/Set Designer, politics & journalism.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 31 October 2017
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