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Theatre Studies AQA AS and A Level at Elthorne Park High School

Course description

The course explores a range of pre and post twentieth century play-texts from the perspective of director, designer and performer and considers the work of influential theatre practitioners in defining theatre and performance through history. 

The course is excellent in encouraging independence and building confidence as pupils are given the opportunity to direct and write their own pieces, and work within an ensemble. 

Students can also develop other skills such as acting, costume, set design, sound and lighting. The literary weighting of the paper marries well with English but allows pupils to use practical strategies to analyse text and topics. The course is an excellent way of developing creativity, writing and presentation skills, translating well to higher education, whether pursuing Theatre or a related subject. 

Assessment for the practical units takes account of the students’ contribution throughout the preparation period as well as of their final performance.

Course content

AS Level:

  • Interpreting drama
  • Process and performance

A-Level:

  • Drama and theatre
  • Creating original drama
  • Making theatre

Entry requirements

5 A*-C GCSE grades (including English and Maths) and a minimum of a B grade in the GCSE related to your chosen subjects.

Assessment

AS Level:

Interpreting drama:

  • Written Exam (open book)
  • Section A: one two part question on a given extract from the set play chosen.
  • Section B: one question on the work of theatre makers in a single live theatre production.
  • 1 hour 45 mins
  • 40% of AS Level

Process and performance:

  • Practical exploration and theatrical interpretation of two extracts (Extract 1 and 2) each taken from a different play.
  • Methodology of a prescribed practitioner must be applied to Extract 2
  • Extract 2 is to be performed as a final assessed piece (students may contribute as performer, designer or director).
  • Portfolio evidencing interpretive process and analysis and evaluation of performance.
  • 60% of AS Level

A Level:

Drama and theatre:

  • Written Exam (open book)
  • Section A: one question on one of the set plays from List A.
  • Section B: one two part question on a given extract from one of the set plays from List B. 
  • Section C: one question on the work of theatre makers in a single live theatre production.
  • 3 hours
  • 40% of A Level

Creating original drama:

  • Performance of devised drama influenced by the work and methodologies of one prescribed practitioner (students may contribute as performer, designer or director) Working Notebook
  • 30% of A Level

Making theatre:

  • Practical exploration and interpretation of three extracts (Extract 1, 2 and 3) each taken from a different play.
  • Methodology of a prescribed practitioner must be applied to Extract 3
  • Extract 3 is to be performed as a final assessed piece (students may contribute as performer, designer or director)
  • Reflective report analysing and evaluating theatrical interpretation of all three extracts.
  • 30% of A Level

Future opportunities

There is a wide range of theatre / TV production / film related careers in addition to other creative industries such as advertising and marketing. Careers in law and politics are also common due to the nature of public speaking.

All industries will value the creative, written and presentation skills that feature in the course. 

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 12 December 2016

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      Extra-curricular

      There is a huge range of extra-curricular activities on offer at Elthorne including sports teams, music groups, language clubs and more! Please see the timetables which will be distributed within the first few weeks for further details. Sixth Form students are also encouraged to set up their own activities or societies and support teachers in running clubs for younger students

      Whole school projects

      These projects are a great way to give back to the school, support younger students and learn skills at the same time. Currently we have a number of projects running including: Senior prefects, Year 7 accelerated reader scheme and academic mentoring

      Community projects

      EPHS has strong links with the community and we encourage students to nurture these by contributing to local projects.

      Enrichment lesson

      You will have one enrichment period every two weeks. In this hour you will be able to choose from a range of activities and courses to learn new skills and develop your knowledge outside of your A-level/BTEC courses. Some students will also be able to lead an activity.