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Drama and Theatre Studies A Level at Northampton Academy

Course description

You will be performing, evaluating and discussing the different elements of Drama. It is not necessary to have a GCSE in Drama, although this helps. However, a genuine interest in and passion for the subject is required. Specification in Drama and Theatre require students to participate in a minimum of two performances, one devised and one from a performance text studied during the course.

Course content

Course Content – Year 1

Component 1: Devising Coursework - 40% of A Level qualification
- Devise an original performance piece.
- Use one key extract from a performance text and a theatre practitioner as stimuli.

Component 2: Text in Performance – Coursework -20% of A Level qualification
- A group performance/design realisation of one key extract from a performance text.
- A monologue or duologue performance/design realisation from one key extract from a different performance text.

Component 3: Theatre Makers in Practice (*Paper Code: 9DR0/03) - Written examination: 2 hours 30 mins -40% of A Level qualification
- Live theatre evaluation.
- Practical exploration and study of one complete text – focusing on how this can be realised for performance.
- Practical exploration and interpretation of another complete performance text, in light of a chosen practitioner – focusing on how this text could be reimagined for a contemporary audience.

Course Content – Year 2

Component 1
- Internally assessed and externally moderated.
- There are two parts to the assessment: 1) a portfolio (60 marks) 2500–3000 words. 2) the devised performance (20 marks).

Component 2
- Externally assessed by a visiting examiner.
- Group performance (36 marks).
- Monologue or duologue (24 marks).

Component 3
Section A: Live Theatre Evaluation (20 marks)
- one extended response question from a choice of two analysing and evaluating a live theatre performance from theatre evaluation notes of up to a maximum of 500 words

Section B: Page to Stage: Realising a Performance Text (36 marks)
- two extended response questions based on an unseen extract from the performance text studied to demonstrate how you, as a theatre maker, intend to realise the extract in performance.

Section C: Interpreting a Performance Text (24 marks)
- one extended response question from a choice of two on a second, studied text demonstrating how your re-imagined production concept will communicate ideas to a contemporary audience.
- outline how the work of your theatre practitioner has influenced the overall production concept and demonstrate an awareness of the performance text in its original performance conditions.


Entry requirements

At least 5 A*-C GCSEs including a minimum Grade 6 English Language and minimum Grade 4 Mathematics, and B Grade Drama.

Future opportunities

Progression through Advanced Level Drama and Theatre will provide a suitable basis for further study in related subjects including English, History, Music, PE, Law and Psychology in Higher Education as well as offering valuable preparation for a range of careers including Theatre, Business, Management, Law, Teaching and any area where presentation and people skills are needed.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Northampton Academy directly.

Last updated date: 15 August 2017
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