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Drama and Theatre Studies AS/A Level at Okehampton College

Course description

Students will need enthusiasm for Drama and the Theatre Industry and be prepared to attend professional theatre performances to analyse and evaluate. Independent study and research is a key element of the course; extra rehearsals are an expectation.

The subject offers a range of approaches to practical study of play texts and theatre practices. Over the two years, there are several opportunities for performing work to a public audience.

Course content

Across the AS course students will:

- Practically explore two contrasting plays in depth, with reference to a recognised theatre practitioner.
- Create an essay based on the assessed lessons including a review of a live theatre performance which we will see in London.
- Perform a complete play text to a public audience (technical element available).
- Perform a monologue or duologue to a public audience (technical element available)

We are unsure of weightings, word counts and assessment formats at present.

Across the A Level course students will:

- Devise a student directed performance to a public audience – may be devised or an adaptation of a play text.
- Write an essay documenting the development of the performed play.
- (External Examination) A historical set text will be studied and questions asked from the point of view of an actor & director.
- Students will have to compare a Shakespearean play they have seen, with the original performance conditions of the 1600s.

We are unsure of weightings, word counts and assessment formats at present

Entry requirements

A minimum of 5 GCSEs A* - C with grade C or above in English

A willingness to attend the 2 day London Theatre trip in October of Year 12 (approximate cost £220)

Excellent group work skills

A commitment to Drama

The ability to work independently

Future opportunities

Drama and Theatre Studies is considered by universities to be an academic subject, which has close links to English Literature, as well as the Expressive Arts. There are opportunities for further study in Higher Education or a career in the Performing Arts Industry. Alternatively, this subject is respected by employers as it helps to develop confidence and improve presentation skills, suitable for a variety of careers. There is a wide variety of career paths available in the arts both on stage and back stage.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 16 August 2016

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