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Drama and Theatre Studies A Level at Woodroffe School

Course description

The course demands practical, creative and communication skills. Students will extend their ability to create Drama and Theatre, either in a performing or production role. The course will involve taking part in productions, studying plays and playwrights and regular visits to the theatre. It can lead to further study in Drama, Theatre Studies and Performing Arts in Higher Education at Degree level.

Course content

Component 1 – Devising forms 40% of the A Level mark
Students explore a performance text in the light of a practitioner. They then devise a piece of theatre from an aspect of what they have explored, which they perform. They record the process in a portfolio. This component is internally assessed and externally moderated and will be completed in Year 12.

Component 2 – Text in Performance forms 20% of the A Level mark Students take part in a group performance from a performance text, 15% and perform a monologue or duologue from a different text, 5% This component is externally assessed by a visiting examiner in Year 13.

Component 3 – Theatre Makers in Practice forms 40% of the A Level mark
Section A – evaluation of a piece of live theatre
Section B – exploration of a set text practically
Section C – interpretation of a different set text as a director
This component is a written exam lasting two and a half hours at the end of Year 13.

Entry requirements

Six GCSEs at Grade C or above, to include History, Drama or English (Grade 5 or above). An interest in understanding how Theatre and plays work and to be involved in and go to performances and are all essential. Rehearsals for exam work will sometimes take place at weekends/during holidays.

Further information

This subject will be linear with no AS qualification. From the start of Year 12 students will be on a course that leads to the A Level qualification at the end of the second year. However, it is important to note that due to the time demands of the course Component 1 will be completed in Year 12.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Woodroffe School directly.

Last updated date: 24 March 2017
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