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Theatre IB Higher Level at Parkside Sixth

Course description

Theatre means many different things to people around the globe: it can be an entertainment but also a form of powerful protest. In every case, Theatre tells us huge amounts about ourselves and the cultures we live in. Students will approach Theatre from many angles: as a performer, a researcher and in several technical roles. Studying Theatre makes you an attractive candidate for a range of careers and courses.

Course content

What will I study? The course provides a broad
experience of theatre traditions, roles and practices.
All students will perform in a range of practical roles,
and reflect on theatre they have seen as an audience
member or been involved in making. The course
looks at Theatre through the three ‘lenses’: ‘Theatre in
Context’, ‘Theatre Processes’ and ‘Presenting Theatre’.
Texts are approached through workshop sessions and
extracts will be presented for performance.
The core syllabus will be composed of three parts:
Play Texts: Research and examine at least one
published play text. Reflect on live theatre moments
they have experienced as spectators. Take part in
the practical exploration of at least two contrasting
published play texts transforming a play text into
action. Direct at least one scene or section from one
published play text.
World Theatre: Research and examine different
world theatre traditions. Practically examine the
performance conventions of several world theatre
traditions. Present a moment of theatre to others
which demonstrates the performance conventions
of a world theatre tradition.
Devising: Research and examine different starting
points and approaches employed by various
professional theatre companies. Respond to a variety
of starting points transforming them collaboratively
into an original piece of theatre presented to a
specified target audience.

Entry requirements

Five GCSEs or equivalent at grade C or above, including English and Maths.

IB students take three subjects at Higher level and three at Standard level.For Higher level subjects, you should have GCSEs (or equivalent) at grade B or above in those subjects or related ones. We recommend Higher level Maths only for those with a grade A or above in GCSE Maths. Further information about entry requirements can be found on p.73 of the prospectus or on the website (addlink to website).Students also have timetabled sessions for Theory of Knowledge and Creativity, Action & Service.

If you are applying for the International Baccalaureate, you need to choose six subjects, from a range of different subject areas (link to Additional Information, 6 Bac International Baccalaureate Diploma). You also need to choose one from each of the subject option blocks. The blocks can be found here .

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How will I be assessed?
External assessment 50%
Research investigation (25%): Students are required
to produce a research investigation of 1,500–1,750
words with supporting visual materials.
Practical performance proposal (25%): Students are
required to produce a proposal of 250 words with
supporting visual materials.
Internal assessment 50%
Theatre performance and production presentation
(25%): Students are required to do an oral
presentation lasting 20 minutes with 5–7 images.
Independent project portfolio (25%): Students are
required to produce a portfolio of 2,000 words on
their independent project and its connection to their
experiences in the core syllabus.

Future opportunities

Many Theatre students choose to take a Theatre Studies degree or include Theatre as part of a joint honours degree, and the IB Theatre course is ideal preparation for this. However, students who study Theatre in the sixth form find it offers support for a huge range of degree-level subjects, from English to Economics or Anthropology.


In terms of job prospects, theatre students can be found in a wide number of professions, including journalism, events management, public relations, business leadership, as well as performing and technical roles in the theatre.

Further information

How will I study?

The first year will largely consist of exciting and challenging workshop learning, where we will explore theatre skills, traditions and texts: many of these workshops will result in performances, from short monologues to full productions. All of our learning will be captured in personal journals, which are the essential record needed to complete the assessed tasks in the upper sixth. We will work in a range of venues, including our partner The Junction.


What extra-curricular activities will there be?

Theatre trips are an essential part of the course and students should be committed to these exciting visits

Rehearsals outside of seminars will be necessary and are a key part of the Theatre process

Visits to see Theatre in the making through trips to see companies such as Artichoke in rehearsal

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 02 November 2018
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