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Drama & Theatre Studies AS/A Level at The Urswick School - A Church of England Secondary School

Course description

AS and A level in Drama and Theatre will be assessed through a combination of a 40% written exam and 60% Examined Assessment, this includes a series of essays, filmed practical exam sessions and performances.

Course content

Students must demonstrate a practical understanding of:

  • AS – a minimum of one complete and substantial performance text (play) and a minimum of two key extracts from two different plays, placed in the context of the whole text.
  • A level – a minimum of two complete and substantial performance texts (plays) and at least three key extracts from three different texts placed in the context of the whole text.
  • Students must study the work and methodologies of one influential theatre practitioner (individual or companies) at AS and two theatre practitioners at A level.

Students are required to participate in:

  • AS – a minimum of one performance from a text studied during the course
  • A level – a minimum of two performances, one devised and one from a performance text studied during the course.

Entry requirements

 5 GCSEs in different subjects at grade C or higher

Assessment

Component 1: Devising

  • Coursework
  • 40% of the qualification
  • 80 marks

Assessment overview

  • Internally assessed and externally moderated.
  • There are two parts to the assessment:
  • a portfolio (60 marks)
  • the devised performance (20 marks).

Component 2: Text in Performance

  • Coursework
  • 20% of the qualification
  • 60 marks

Assessment overview

  • Externally assessed by a visiting examiner.
  • Group performance: worth 36 marks.
  • Monologue or duologue: worth 24 marks.

Component 3: Theatre Makers in Practice

  • Written examination: 2 hours 30 minutes
  • 40% of the qualification
  • 80 marks

Assessment overview

Section A: Live Theatre Evaluation

  • 20 marks
  • Students answer one extended response question from a choice of two requiring them to analyse and evaluate a live theatre performance they have seen.
  • Students are allowed to bring in theatre evaluation notes of up to a maximum of 500 words.

Section B: Page to Stage: Realising a Performance Text

  • 36 marks
  • Students answer two extended response questions based on an unseen extract from the performance text they have studied.
  • Students will demonstrate how they, as theatre makers, intend to realise the extract in performance.
  • Students answer from the perspective of a performer and a designer.
  • Performance texts for this section are not allowed in the examination as the extracts will be provided.


Section C: Interpreting a Performance Text

  • 24 marks
  • Students will answer one extended response question from a choice of two using their chosen text.
  • Students will demonstrate how their re-imagined production concept will communicate ideas to a contemporary audience.
  • Students will also need to outline how the work of their chosen theatre practitioner has influenced their overall production concept and demonstrate an awareness of the performance text in its original performance conditions.
  • Students must take in clean copies of their performance texts for this section, but no other printed materials.

 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Urswick School - A Church of England Secondary School directly.

Last updated date: 20 December 2016

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