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Drama and Theatre Studies at Yavneh College

Course description

Exam Body: AQA

This course would suit those who are keen to pursue their interests and develop their skills in a range of practical drama elements including acting and directing. The requirements of the specification, with its 60% written paper weighting, also enable students to gain an entry qualification for courses in higher education, whether in the area of drama and theatre studies or in a host of other subjects.

Course content

The units of study for AS Level are:

Unit 1 – Live theatre production and assessment of a prescribed play.

In this unit, students are required to write a personal response to various aspects of live theatre seen during the course. Students also study a set text from the point of view of an actor, director or a designer taking into consideration the potential effectiveness for an audience, and the social and historical context of the play, as well as its period and genre.

Unit 2 - Presentation of an extract of a play

In this unit, students are required to work in groups to present, for an audience, an extract from a published play of their choice. The work in this unit can be of students‘ free choice as long as it represents a different period to that studied in Unit 1.

The units of study for A2 Level are:

Unit 3 – Further Prescribed Plays including Pre-Twentieth Century

Students are required to answer questions on each of the two set plays. They are required to focus on an interpretation of the plays from a performance perspective and demonstrate a creative overview of the chosen play.

Unit 4 – Presentation of Devised Drama

Students are required to work in groups to present, for an audience, a devised drama performed in the theatrical style of their choice. Students nominate a specific theatre skill on which they will be assessed. Students are also required to provide supporting notes which give evidence of their research and dramatic intentions.

Entry requirements

Students must have achieved at least Grade B in both Drama and English Literature GCSE.

Future opportunities

Most careers require the ability to communicate, assess and analyse. As a highly regarded qualification, Drama and Theatre Studies is a way into higher education and a way of building a strong foundation for a career in many different fields such as theatre, film and television, media and teaching.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Yavneh College directly.

Last updated date: 26 May 2015
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