Drama and Theatre - WJEC Eduqas A Level at Countesthorpe Leysland Community College
Head of Department: Mrs. L Hall Department Information
Drama candidates will have access to two subjects specific spaces. The first is the Drama studio which is equipped with lighting and sound equipment. This rehearsal space has access to the department costume and props stores. Any sets needed are built to the requirements of each production. Set design is one of the options that candidates can specialise in at A-level.
We also have an excellent theatre at the college with seating for 200. Students will use this as their performance space supported by our two theatre technicians for lighting and sound.
Why study this course?
In an increasingly competitive world, speech and communication skills are becoming more important. Through studying Drama students gain self-confidence and a greater capacity to express their opinions and beliefs.
The WJEC Drama specification fosters the students’ creativity, personal growth, self-confidence, communication and analytical skills through the acquisition of knowledge, skills and understanding and the exercise of the imagination. It promotes students’ involvement in and enjoyment of drama as performers, devisers, directors and designers. It provides opportunities for students to see live theatre and to develop their skills as informed and thoughtful audience members
Aims of the course
The WJEC Eduqas A level in Drama and Theatre offers a practical and challenging course of study which encourages you to:
• develop an understanding and appreciation of how the social, cultural and historical contexts of performance texts have influenced the development of drama and theatre
• experience a range of opportunities to create theatre,
• participate as a theatre maker and as an audience member in live theatre
• understand and experience the collaborative relationship between various roles within theatre
• develop and demonstrate a range of theatre making skills
• develop the creativity and independence to become effective theatre makers
• adopt safe working practices as a theatre maker
• analyse and evaluate their own work and the work of others
This specification is designed to promote a balance between practical
theatre making and the theoretical understanding of drama and theatre.
This stimulating and engaging course of study will encourage you to make connections between dramatic theory and your own practice.Course outline
We approach the study of Drama and Theatre from three key viewpoints:
1.Actor– As an actor you will develop your acting skills – interpretation of character, exploration of style, voice, physicality and stage relationships with others.
2.Director– As a director you will develop your interpretative skills when working with plays. You will instigate ideas for performance and develop a directorial vision when working on original material or text.
3.Designer – As a designer you will develop your design skills and consider how design impacts upon an audience. You will develop ideas for set creation, costume, lighting and sound design.
This course is designed to provide a balance between performance, research, analysis and design. It is a collaborative course and will help you to develop important communication skills, confidence, imagination, creativity and promote personal and social development. Group work is at the heart of the course and you will enjoy working closely with others, responding to and giving supportive feedback.
You will study five performance texts (two complete texts and three key extracts from three different texts) representing a range of social, historical and cultural contexts.
The complete texts are studied for the written examination and the key extracts are divided between all three components.
You will also study two influential theatre practitioners (individuals or companies) and produce three performances; one text performance, one devised performance and one performance based on a creative reinterpretation of an extract from a text.
How am I assessed?
Drama is a subject that requires commitment and dedication; you will be working individually, in pairs, small groups and whole group on assessment tasks and classwork. Your achievement in this subject is dependent upon excellent attendance, punctuality and effort. You will learn in a friendly atmosphere, using a variety of assessment methods:
You will be assessed regularly on written work that is conducted either as homework or under timed conditions in class and given feedback on your progress.
Discussions, presentations and sharing performance work with the class are a vital part of skill building and development; you will be expected to take a full part in these when studying a text in class.
You will participate in practical sessions developing your performance skills: rehearsing scenes, exploring themes, styles and characters.
You will review your own performance in 1:1 sessions with your tutor.
You will be formally examined on each unit that you study either by your teacher, a visiting examiner or in a written exam at the end of the second year, although mock exams will be administered at the end of the first year to ensure progress.
Where does this course lead?
Drama and Theatre Studies can lead to further study in drama, theatre studies and performing arts in higher education at Degree or HND level or drama school. It can be used as part of your course to broaden your studies and may lead on to a career in the performing arts industries. One measure of the subject's regards is that it is highly rated by Cambridge University, amoung others, for Law courses.
However, it is important to realise that Drama isn’t just a performance-based subject. A lot of its content focuses heavily on collaboration, and therefore teamwork. It is a subject that encourages self-discovery, and provides students with a platform on which to build confidence. It requires imagination, employs problem-solving strategies, and demands commitment. These are skills necessary to all professions.
How to apply
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