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Drama A Level at Wanstead High School

Course description

Year 12

The study of at least one complete performance text and two key extracts from different texts. Students will be required to perform one scripted piece during the course. In addition to this, students will study the work of several drama practitioners.

Year 13

The study of at least two complete play texts and at least three key extracts from three additional texts. Students will be required to create one devised performance and one from the text studied on the course.. In addition to this, students will study the work of several drama practitioners.

Course content

Year 12

Students will be expected to demonstrate skills in all of the following:
1) The ability to explore texts to establish meaning, characterisation, vocal demands, non-verbal performance elements, the social cultural and historical elements of the piece and the value of Drama practitioners.
2) The ability to respond to an issue, theme, idea and then reflect their findings in performance. This will also involve planning for and meeting performance deadlines and working responsibly as a member of a group
3) Students must demonstrate an enthusiasm for working independently, exploring texts practically and theoretically and a willingness to participate fully in all practical activities.
Students should produce written work that is proof read and corrected prior to submission, typed font size 14, Times New Roman and to the deadlines set. This work should demonstrate a thorough understanding of the texts involved and reflect a growing understanding of the actor and director in presenting and reflecting on the work. It should involve an in-depth exploration of AS level understanding and should be academic in tone.

Year 13
The students take more ownership of work undertaken in year 2. The devised unit relates to the way they intend to take their performances and the decisions are made with specific reference to the opportunities offered by the work of past or current practitioners. For the devised piece they will choose the content and structure the performance and decide on the technical needs of the piece. In the preparation for the written exam students will develop their understanding of the Greek text through preparing the direction of the play for a contemporary audience. They will prepare a comparison between the performance styles, ideas and conditions of a Shakespeare play during his lifetime and between the same play performed in the present day. This is an excellent foundation for the demands of university as it requires similar approaches and the development for independent learning

Entry requirements

There are financial implications of taking this course over two years as the students regularly attend trips to the theatre. We do get special discounts and group rates but it would be useful to put money aside for this. Students are expected to spend up to five hours out of lesson contact time on the development of their unit of work. This sometimes involves rehearsal but is more usually written work and research done at home. Students need a good level of attendance and mature attitude to working as part of a team.

Future opportunities

There are many areas of the creative industries that are served by the study of Drama and Theatre Studies. The skills it develops are useful in a broad spectrum of work and educational environments and it is specifically useful in preparing students for the world of professional performance. Many students of drama find careers typically in the media, service industries and so on and use their highly developed interpersonal skills to become successful in their chosen fields.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 31 March 2017
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