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Drama & Theatre Studies (A Level) at Norton Hill School and Midsomer Norton Sixth Form

Course description

It would be advantageous if the applicant has studied Drama to GCSE as the two courses are designed to ensure a progression in student skills. A student needs to be prepared to perform in front of an audience at some point throughout the one/two years of the course. Additionally, they will be expected to attend live theatre productions as a critical aspect of textual analysis.

The course explores drama and theatre studies as a practical, intellectual and artistic subject. Students’ creativity and understanding are developed through the active study of major play texts enhanced through practical drama exploration.

Course content

In the first year of the course (AS and Two Year Course) the students are introduced to two play texts: one theatre performance and one ‘set’ text. The pupils are encouraged to consider the fundamentals of drama study including plotting, character, meaning and context. Later in the first year the pupils will engage in a practical exploration of two modern play extracts leading to an assessed performance of one piece. The students also have to compete a portfolio of evidence including analysis and evaluation of the process.

In the second year students take the lead in the course and become theatre practitioners. The first study challenges the group to devise their own piece of unique drama, based on a stimulus introduced by the teacher. The students go on to adapt and perform play scenes, selected and directed by themselves.

Finally towards the end of the A-level the students will undertake a practical exploration of three key play extracts with a final performance assessed by an external examiner. Accompanying all practical work in Year 13 students must complete reflective reports on the development of their performance pieces.

In both years there are options for performance support candidates who may be interested in developing their skills as directors or technicians.

Entry requirements

Grade B in GCSE Drama plus an interest in Performing Arts. 

Future opportunities

The course would suit anyone interested in going into a career in the Arts such as actor, director or designer. It would also suit students interested in a career in arts administration. More specifically, it would be a valuable starting point for a student wishing to go to Drama School or University to study on a drama course

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Norton Hill School and Midsomer Norton Sixth Form directly.

Last updated date: 29 November 2017

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