Drama AS and A Level at Park House School
Extend your interest and enjoyment in drama and theatre through your development of dramatic and theatrical skills. Encourage your knowledge and understanding of the social and cultural contexts of drama and theatre through detailed study of dramatic texts, and of the work of prescribed theatre practitioners. Develop your ability to respond critically and sensitively to a range of drama texts and to theatre in performance, through studying and attending theatrical performances of drama written in different periods, in different styles with different aims.
AS Course Summary
Unit 1 Live Theatre Production Seen
and Prescribed Play. Topics:
Students’ personal response to live theatre seen during the course
Interpretation of a set play from a performance perspective.
Written Paper 1 1/2 hours (100 marks)
60% of AS / 30% of A Level
One question to be answered from each of two sections:
Section A – Response to live theatre seen during the course
Section B – Study of one set play from a choice of six plays
Unit 2 Presentation of an Extract from a Play
Working in groups to develop and present an extract from a published play chosen by the students
Study of an influential director, designer, theatre company or other practitioner, linked to the student's practical work
Practical (80 marks)
40% of AS / 20% of A Level
Performance by a group of an extract from a published play. The assessment also includes students’ preparatory and development work and supporting notes.
At A2, the specification provides students with the opportunity to develop skills and extend and apply knowledge gained at AS Level. Students will demonstrate a more advanced level of performance and/or production skills alongside the ability to think independently, make judgements and refine their work in the light of research. They will also demonstrate the ability to analyse the ways in which different performance and production elements are brought together to create theatre.
A2 Course Summary
Unit 3 Further Prescribed Plays including
Pre-Twentieth Century. Topics:
Study of a set play with a choice from a variety of pre-twentieth century plays
Study of a set play with a choice from a variety of twentieth century plays or contemporary drama
Written Paper (100 marks)
30% of A Level
Study of two further set plays. One question to be answered from each of two sections:
Section A – Pre-twentieth century plays and
Section B – Twentieth century or contemporary plays.
Section B is synoptic, requiring suggestions for a complete stage realisation of a short extract from the play printed in the paper.
There is a choice from six plays for each of the two sections.
Unit 4 Presentation of Devised Drama. Topics:
Working in groups to develop and present a devised drama, performed in a theatrical style of their choice
Research into a theatrical style chosen by the group for their practical work
Practical (80 marks)
20% of A Level
Performance by a group of devised drama. The assessment also includes students' preparatory and development work and supporting notes. Synoptic.
5 A* – C passes at GCSE with at least a B in English Literature and a B in Drama GCSE. You must be totally enthusiastic and committed to this subject for A Level because of the extra rehearsal demands outside of the normal lesson times that you will be expected to meet. You must be committed to visiting the theatre on a regular basis.
Typical Course Costs
£80 per year
Exam Board: AQA AS/A2
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Park House School directly.