Drama and Theatre Studies at Watford Grammar School for Girls
Awarding Body: AQA
AS Drama and Theatre Studies provides an opportunity to study plays from the point of view of a director, designer, performer and critic. The qualification is designed to enable students to develop performance and/or production skills appropriate to the creation and realisation of drama and theatre. The course includes practical work, written analysis and theatre visits.
A2 Drama and Theatre Studies provides candidates with the opportunity to develop skills and extend and apply knowledge gained at AS. Students will demonstrate a more advanced level of performance and/or production skills alongside the ability to think independently, make judgements and refine their work in the light of research. They will also demonstrate the ability to analyse the ways in which different performance and production elements are brought together to create theatre.
The main essentials for the course are a genuine love of theatre and the desire to learn about the mechanics of how it works. Students must also have a willingness to commit to rehearsals and theatre trips outside the timetable. After school rehearsals are regarded as homework. Applicants must also gain GCSE Grade B or above in English Language.
Unit 1: Live Theatre Production Seen & Prescribed Play
AS - 60% and 30% of total A Level marks. 100 marks.
This is a written paper of 1½ hrs. It is an externally assessed examination. The students will write about a play they have seen during the course. The students will also write about an interpretation of a set play from a performance perspective.
Unit 2: Presentation of an extract from a play
AS - 40% and 20% of total A Level marks. 80 marks.
This is a practical examination internally assessed and moderated by AQA. The examination requires the students to perform an extract from a published play. The assessment includes preparatory and development work with supporting notes. The students will also study an influential director, designer, theatre company or other practitioner, linked to the student's practical work.
Unit 3: Further prescribed plays including pre-twentieth century.
A Level 30%. 100 marks.
This is a written paper of 2 hrs. It is an externally assessed examination. The students will study and write about 2 set texts from a performance perspective.
Unit 4: Presentation of Devised Drama
A Level 20%. 80 marks.
This is a practical examination internally assessed and moderated by AQA. The examination requires the students to devise their own drama. The assessment includes preparatory and development work with supporting notes. The students are also to research into the selected theatrical style.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Watford Grammar School for Girls directly.