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Drama and Theatre Studies at City of Norwich School

Course description

Unit 1: Exploration of Drama and Theatre

This unit asks you to explore and workshop two play texts in light of influential theatre practitioners. As a successful student you will have gained an appreciation for, and confident ability in the practice of, the practitioners that you study. You will experience live theatre that you will be expected to analyse and critique in the form of a theatre review. This unit will ultimately develop your understanding of the way playwrights structure their work and how this work can come to realisation on stage. 40% of overall AS grade

Unit 2: Theatre Text in Performance

This unit has been designed to allow you to develop and refine your skills as an actor. Section A requires you to prepare a monologue or duologue for performance to an external examiner. In Section B you will be expected to work as a company of actors working toward a performance of a published play directed by your tutor. As a successful student you will demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the process involved in preparing for a performance and your performance will be well confident and well-considered. 60% of overall AS grade.

Unit 3: Exploration of Dramatic Performance

‘Exploration of Dramatic Performance’ will see you participate in and analysis the process of working in a theatre company. Starting with stimuli set by your tutors you will work with in a group dynamic to make an original and exciting piece of theatre for an examined performance. As a successful student your piece will demonstrate your understanding of the practitioners explored in unit 1 and your overall understanding of theatre as an art form. You will be expected to create a controlled essay that sees you evaluate, in-depth, the process and performance and your role within this unit. 40% of overall A2 grade

Unit 4: Theatre in Context

Unit 4 requires you to use the lens of a director when studying and exploring a set text. You will be expected to design and develop your own directorial concept that you will realise within your lessons and will go on to discuss and evaluate in a written exam. ‘Theatre in Context’ also requires you to experience a live performance that was originally performed during a historical time period. You will then be expected to discuss and evaluate the piece in within the exam, making comparisons between the contemporary version seen and the original performance conditions. 60% of overall A2 grade

Where does Drama lead you?

The programme of study leads to the obvious choices of furthering your knowledge of Theatre at university or at stage school. The course allows you to develop transferable skills that would also aid you in subjects such as Film Studies, English, and History. The course also enables you to work as part of a team in a creative environment to produce stimulating work for a target audience. Leading a team to highlight the political or social implications of a play means that your communication and evaluation skills are constantly being utilised.

Entry requirements

A minimum requirement of 3 x A*-B and 3 x A*-C grades at GCSE including English and Mathematics to study 4 A’ levels. A minimum requirement of 5 x A*-C grades at GCSE including English and Mathematics to study 3 A’ levels with directed time. A minimum requirement of a B grade in English Language or Mathematics GCSE for students who wish to study English Literature and Further Mathematics respectively. Other Level 2 qualifications are not accepted as GCSE equivalences.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact City of Norwich School directly.

Last updated date: 26 June 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years