AS/A2 Theatre Studies at Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School, Horncastle
There is a strong practical element throughout this course, which covers playwrights and practitioners, Ancient and Modern. Experience in drama at GCSE is not a necessary pre-requisite.
Each year comprises two units. At AS, the first explores two contrasting play texts through practical activities and notes as well as an evaluation of a live performance. The second requires students to perform either a monologue or duologue and to perform in a published play. At A2, the first unit requires students to create, perform and evaluate a unique and original piece of theatre; the final unit looks at a play from a director’s point of view and an independent study of a play from a chosen historic period.
Much of this course involves independent research and sustained and creative thought rather than formal essay writing skills. Homework will not be consistent – the performance units demand considerable commitment beyond the normal lesson and homework time while the textual study unit fits easily into the usual pattern. Enthusiasm, the ability to work without supervision and a readiness to be involved and to share ideas are essential. For many, the opportunities for creative thinking and personal responsibility make this an exciting option in the Sixth Form.
GCSE Drama or Performing Arts is not necessarily a prerequisite to studying Theatre Studies at AS level, but it is a useful background for the course. At least a grade B at GCSE English is required to cope with the demands of the written coursework.
While some traditional universities offering very theoretical courses are asking for English Literature A Level for entry to the Theatre Studies degree course, most others require a post-GCSE qualification in the subject. In addition all universities and many employers now recognise the value of the Theatre Studies A level course for the skills it engenders of confident communication, critical appraisal, meeting deadlines and working independently as well as in a team.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School, Horncastle directly.