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Drama and Theatre Studies A Level at Ursuline High School

Course description

This is an academic subject, recognised by the universities, designed to attract students with an interest in the theatre, TV and theatre production. The course covers theatrical practitioners, past and present, theatre history and the study of set plays, and the development of a critical analytical approach towards contemporary theatre

Course content

- Students will be prepared to be actively engaged in theatre performance work.

- The course is delivered through a practical and analytical approach to theatre.


Component 1 - Coursework: Devising a live theatre performance (40% of the qualification, 80 marks). There are two parts to the assessment: a typed or recorded/verbal portfolio or a combination of both and the performance.

Component 2 - Coursework: Text in Performance (20% of the qualification, 60 marks). A group performance realisation of one key extract from a performance text and a monologue or duologue performance from one key extract from a different performance text.

Externally assessed by a visiting examiner.

Component 3: Theatre Makers in Practice Written examination (2 hours 30 minutes, 40% of the qualification, 80 marks).

- Section A: Evaluating a live theatre evaluation.

- Section B: As a class, practically explore a complete performance text, focusing on how this can be realised for performance. Students answer two extended response questions based on an unseen extract from the performance text they have studied.

- Section C: Practical exploration and interpretation of another complete performance text, in light of a chosen theatre practitioner – focusing on how this text could be reimagined for a contemporary audience.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 30 March 2017
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