Drama and Theatre Studies A/AS level at Our Lady's Convent Roman Catholic High School
The course demands practical, creative and communication skills in almost equal measure. It consists of three component modules, which cover devising theatre for an audience, performing a script in front of a visiting examiner and a written examination of 2 hours 30 minutes.
Component 1: Devising - This component is worth 40% of the A Level In this unit you will study a range of practitioner styles from naturalistic, to political, physical and abstract. You will be given a text extract as a brief. You will choose an appropriate Practitioner style for your performance (you must choose a different Practitioner in Component 3). You will research, create and develop a group performance and evaluate its success. This component is internally assessed by your Teachers. Component 2: Text in Performance - This component is worth 20% of the A Level In this unit you will study two different dramatic texts. From one of them, you will perform a monologue (solo speech) or duologue (equal scene for two characters). From your second text, you will perform an extract as a group performance. Both performances will be marked by a visiting examiner. Component 3: Theatre Makers in Practice - This is a written examination and worth 40% of the A Level. In this unit you will need to answer three questions, the examination is 2 hours 30 minutes. Section A) – An Essay based question on a live theatrical production you have seen Section B) – An Essay based question on an extract from a play studied in Year 12 and 13 ‘Colder Than Here’ Section C) – An Essay based question on a second play studied in Year 12 and 13, ‘Hedda Gabler’, using the conventions of an influential Theatrical Practitioner, to stage the play for a contemporary audience.
Your course choices will be personal to you, so it is difficult to specify general entry requirements. Whatever courses you choose, the most important requirements are: • an enthusiastic and positive approach to your studies • a commitment to being part of Our Lady’s community and meeting the high expectations we have of our students • full time attendance and punctuality Each course has its own entry requirements and so it is important that you check the course details carefully. If you haven’t got a Grade 4 in GCSE English or Maths when you join the Sixth Form, you will be required to continue your studies in these subjects and resit these qualifications.
Component 1: DEVISING: ‘Devising’ - Internally assessed/ externally moderated. 40% of the A Level There are two parts to the assessment. 1) A portfolio (60 marks, max 3000 words) 2) A recording of the group devised performance.
Component 2: SCRIPTED PERF: ‘Text in Performance’ - Scripted Performance. External examiner 20% of the A Level. There are two areas of focus 1) A monologue or a duologue performance – 24 marks 2) A group performance/design realisation of one key extract from a different performance text – 36 marks Component 3: WRITTEN: ‘Theatre Makers in Practice’ – 2 hours 30m written exam. 40% of the A-Level There are three areas to be covered: Section A) A live theatre evaluation; Section B) Page to Stage; Section C) Interpreting text for an audience.
This course can lead to a degree or other further study in drama, theatre studies and performing arts at university or drama school. It may lead to a career in the performing arts industry or a wide range of careers such as Law, Advertising and Business, which utilise communication and presentational skills.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Our Lady's Convent Roman Catholic High School directly.