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AS/A2 Drama and Theatre Studies at Charter Academy

Course description

The specification provides a balance between the practical and the theoretical aspects of the subject.
Candidates will read, analyse and act from recognised texts. They will also have the opportunity to develop
their own work through improvisation and other theatrical techniques.
Candidates are given the opportunity to develop both acting and technical production skills, whilst
integrating theory and practice through an understanding of critical concepts and the use of terminology
The course is structured to develop candidates' interest and enjoyment in drama and theatre both as a
performer and an informed member of an audience. In order to progress, it is important that students foster
an enthusiasm for and a critical appreciation of the subject through discussion, practical exploration and
experience of live productions (independently, as well as through organised trips).
These activities, along with wider reading, should be used to develop an understanding and appreciation of
the significance of social, cultural and historical influences on the development of drama and theatre.
Candidates will be given a range of opportunities to develop a variety of dramatic and theatrical skills over
the duration of the course which will embed and stretch their abilities, alongside the fostering of candidates’
creativity, personal growth, self confidence, communication, collaborative and analytical skills.
AS course content (Year 12)
• Practical performance
• Text in performance
At AS level, candidates will act or design for an extract from a set text. They will create a devised piece
based on the set text, and will also study the work of two recognised practitioners. Candidates will study
two texts and their theatrical and social context, and answer questions in a written exam.
They will also discuss production(s) they have seen during the course.
A2 course content (Year 13)
• Practical performance on a theme
• Text in context
At A2 level, candidates will respond practically to a set theme choosing extracts from a published text and a
devised piece, followed by an evaluation of their performance.
Candidates will study two texts (one pre 20th century) to be discussed in a written exam. They will study the
text from the standpoint of a director, actor and as a member of the audience. Candidates will refer to their
own acting and any performances that they have seen. In the exam, candidates will also analyse an unseen
text, preparing a prompt copy containing design, lighting, sound and movement ideas.

Entry requirements

Minimum GCSE Grade C in Drama

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Charter Academy directly.

Last updated date: 17 November 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years