Drama and Theatre Studies AS/A2 at Caludon Castle Business Enterprise School
The course is suitable for any student with a love and passion for theatre and Drama. While a GCSE or BTEC in Drama is preferable and certainly advantageous, there are students who would be capable of quickly gaining the necessary skills through the course. This is particularly true of those who have actively participated in theatre activities outside of school, or in school productions. A Level Drama offers an opportunity for practical and often enjoyable study of serious theme material and issues. The course will develop outstanding skills in team working, independence, leadership and building confidence.
AS course content
Unit 1: Exploration of Drama and Theatre
Students will explore two contrasting play texts through practical workshops, in order to understand the plays from the perspectives of performer, director and designer. They will also be introduced to the theories of key theatre practitioners, and will be expected to develop this understanding through their practical exploration. Assessment is based on a combination of practical and written work. The written element includes a set of “exploration notes” based on the two plays, which must be a maximum of 3000 words. Students must also produce a live theatre review (1000 words), and will be given opportunities to go on theatre trips in order to complete this task.
Unit 2: Theatre Text in Performance
This unit involves two types of performance to a visiting examiner. Firstly, students must perform either a monologue or a duologue from a published play, and provide a piece of writing explaining their interpretation of the piece. Secondly, students must perform in a different piece of scripted drama lasting 30-45 minutes, as part of a group of 3-9 students.
A level course content
Unit 3: Exploration of Dramatic Performance
In this unit, students will work in a group of 3-6 people to devise an original piece of theatre lasting 15-30 minutes accordingly. Students will be assessed on the research and development of their work as well as the final performance, which will take place under professional performance conditions with an audience present. Students are also required to provide written documentation of the development of their piece, and complete a written evaluation of both the process and performance.
Unit 4: Theatre Text in Context
This unit is assessed by a two-and-a-half hour written exam, split into 3 sections. In preparation for Sections A and B, students will study “Woyzeck” and explore this practically from the point of view of a director. For section 3, students will study 2 out of 3 periods of theatre history (different from the period represented by the set text). Students will then watch a live performance of a play that has been produced during each of these time periods (e.g. a Shakespeare play), and compare the contemporary production with the original staging conditions of the piece.
This is a fun yet rigorous course which demands the highest levels of commitment from candidates. Students will be required to balance practical group work with sophisticated written work. As a result, the qualification is highly regarded by universities and future employers.
Previous students have gone on to pursue careers in theatre, media, advertising, social work, teaching, sales and other careers which necessitate effective communication and creative skills. Although Drama is not a specified A Level subject for some of the top universities, recent research has shown that a proportionately high number of students at top universities had studied Drama at A level.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Caludon Castle Business Enterprise School directly.