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A-Level Theatre Studies at Winstanley College

Course description

Component One Devising
Within this exciting practical based unit you will devise an original performance piece using one key extract from a performance text and a theatre practitioner as stimuli. A performer or designer routes is available for this unit.

There are two parts to the assessment: a portfolio and the devised performance/design realisation.

Component Two Text in Performance
This Unit is also a practical unit which covers the following
•    A group performance/design realization of one key extract from a performance text.
•    A monologue or duologue performance/design realization from one key extract from a different performance text.

Component Three Theatre Makers in Practice
This unit is practically explored throughout the course in preparation for a written exam which will cover the following sections:

•    Live theatre evaluation of a performance 
•    Practical exploration and study of a complete performance text – focusing on how this can be realised for performance.
•    Practical exploration and interpretation of another complete performance text, in light of a chosen theatre practitioner – focusing on how this text could be reimagined for a contemporary audience.

Learning outside the classroom
Enrichment opportunities: Theatre trips, Plays, Musicals
‘Take the Stage’ – Chance to see and participate in live student theatre every week
Entry for Theatre Festivals
Small study and rehearsal groups
On line resources for independent study

Study Support
When you enrol we’ll make sure that you’re receiving all the support you need, for example you may be entitled to extra time in your exams, you may benefit from working with a dyslexia tutor or you may simply need help with organising your time and many pieces of paper!

Academic Challenge
This subject combines well with any of your other Level 3 A-Level courses.
If you are keen to continue with Drama to University or Drama School/Conservatoire you will receive help with choosing which institution and which course is right for you. We’ll support your development of interview and audition skills, guide you to further reading, challenge you with additional discussion and inspire you with enrichment activities and trips.  Ex Winstanley students already studying this subject beyond Winstanley will visit and tell you the real story and visiting speakers will give you a glimpse as to what further study in Drama involves.

From school pupil to Winstanley student 
Not all students have taken GCSE Drama but come to the course with a range of experiences such as school plays, youth theatre, Lamda exams etc.
No experience is necessary but you should have a true passion for Theatre and the Performing Arts: reading or watching plays, performing and/or directing.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Winstanley College directly.

Last updated date: 25 October 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years