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Drama and Theatre Studies AS/A-Level at Plymstock School

Course description

In practical modules, the process of creating a group presentation promotes negotiation skills and encourages the effective use of communication and interpersonal skills. Students should be able to demonstrate analytic and critical responses to live theatre and written plays and show a high level of commitment to their fellow students.

Course content

Unit 1: Live Theatre & Prescribed Play

  • Students will have the opportunity to see a wide range of live theatre at local establishments such as the Barbican Theatre, the Drum Theatre and the Theatre Royal. They will answer questions based on productions seen.
  • One play studies to be explored from the viewpoint of a Director/Performer/and Designer. We currently study Ibsen's 'A Doll's House' at AS.

Unit 2: Extract from a play text

  • Student may either be assessed for their acting, directing or design skills, based on the work of a current professional practitioner or theatre company.

Unit 3: Prescribed Play

  • 2 further plays to be explored from the viewpoint of a Director/Performer/ and Designer. During A2 we are currently studying Goldoni 'A Servant of Two masters' and Berkoff's 'The Trial'. Skills studied during this module will also be explored in Unit 4.

Unit 4: Devised Play

  • Students must prepare, develop and analyse an original piece of theatre, using theories and practices of any style or genre of performance.

Entry requirements

At least 5 A*-C GCSEs (or equivalent). At least grade B at Drama and grade C at English. A practical audition will be necessary for those that have not taken the subject at GCSE.

Assessment

Unit 1: Live Theatre & Prescribed Play

  • A) Live Theatre – 45 mins written end of year exam and end of 2 year course exam
  • B) Prescribed play – 45 mins written end of year exam and end of 2 year course exam

Unit 2: Extract from a play text

  • Practical, assessed by an external visiting examiner.

Unit 3: Prescribed Play

  • Students will be required to complete a 2 hour exam in this module.

Unit 4: Devised Play

  • Practical, assessed by an external visiting examiner.

Future opportunities

Theatre studies allows the student to develop important social skills essential in any field of work. Many of our students go in to further study degrees in: Drama, Directing of Performing Arts, Law, Marketing, Public Services and Media.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 21 September 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 or 2 years

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