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Drama & Theatre Studies at St Peter's Catholic School and Specialist Science College

Course description

The new examination is composed of two parts.  The first part in the new Advanced Subsidiary, which must be combined with the second part to form the Advanced Level qualification. 

Theatre Studies at AS/A Level prepares candidates well for adult life.  In addition to the analytical skills acquired in Paper Two and Three, candidates have the opportunity to study a range of dramatic texts from The Greeks to the Twenty First Century playwrights in the context of theatrical performance.  In addition, the two practical elements allow candidates the opportunity to gain valuable teamwork skills, increase their self-confidence and improve self-esteem.  As a recent survey found:  “They’ll fail without self-esteem” (Feinstein 2000).

Theatre Studies combines well with a wide range of subjects, eg, Literature, Art, Music, Psychology, Languages and History, all of which have elements which complement Theatre Studies.

It is also a good combination with traditional courses in Science or Mathematics as candidates will have an ideal opportunity for self-expression here.  Most medical courses now prefer candidates to show evidence of empathy – and Theatre Studies offers this opportunity.

Course content

AS LEVEL

Unit 1:       6DR01 Exploration of Drama and Theatre Coursework

40% of AS/20% of ‘A’ Level

This is a practical exploration of two contrasting plays. You will perform an extract from each text and write a set of exploration notes. Your process is also monitored and marked.

Recent plays studied have been; ‘Antigone’ by Sophocles, ‘Metamorphosis’ by Steven Berkoff, ‘A Doll’s House’ by Henrik Ibsen and ‘Saved’ by Edward Bond.

This unit also requires you to watch and evaluate a live piece of Theatre.

You will shape and develop your exploration skills in readiness for all of the other units.

Unit 2:       6DR02 Text in Performance Practical Examination

60% of AS/30% of ‘A’ Level

In this unit you will be directed and collaborate with your teachers to create two scripted practical pieces of work. One will be a group piece and the other will be a monologue or duologue. This will be performed in front of a visiting examiner.

You will be able to develop your practical skills by focusing on character motivation and communication of themes and issues. You will be required to be organised and plan time with others as well as be disciplined to work independently.

A2

Unit 3:       6DR03 Exploration of Dramatic Performance Coursework and Performance

20% of ‘A’ Level

Your brief for this unit is to create an original and unique piece of Theatre that has its influence from a starting point given to you by your teachers. You can perform a re-ordered text, use text and devised work together or create and write something new. You will learn about contemporary theatre companies and how they work to create theatre in order to give you the tools to create and direct your own work. Your process and performance are marked as well as a Supporting Written Evidence Document (SWED).

Unit 4:       6DR04 Theatre Text in Context 2 ½ Hour Written Examination

30% of ‘A’ Level

Section A and B

You will study one of three set texts;

Lysistrata– by Aristophanes

Dr. Faustus—by Christopher Marlowe

Woyzeck—Georg Buchner

You will create a concept of how you will perform this play to a contemporary audience and compare this with its first ever performance. You will also build a bank of activities and exercises you would do with a cast in order to realise your intentions.

Section C

This is a response to a live production we see originally performed in one of three historical periods. You will compare this 21st Century performance with its first original performance.

Entry requirements

Although it is not a prerequisite to have studied Drama at GCSE, a keenness to perform and love of theatre as an Art form is a must. If you have studied GCSE Drama, we would usually ask you secure a B Grade. It is also essential that you have a Grade C at GCSE in English Language or English Literature.

Assessment

Although it is not a prerequisite to have studied Drama at GCSE, a keenness to perform and love of theatre as an Art form is a must. If you have studied GCSE Drama, we would usually ask you secure a B Grade. It is also essential that you have a Grade C at GCSE in English Language or English Literature.

 

Future opportunities

Past Theatre Studies students have been among our top achievers.  Three achieved Firsts and then studied for PHDs – one at Keele, one at Cambridge and one at Oxford.  Many have achieved firsts and 2:1’s at degree level and are now in job related training in a variety of occupations.  One is employed by The Conservative Party in a PR capacity; several are in the business world in top firms; some have gone on to further study in Law; some are in Education; Management, Retail, Banking and Finance.  Several have just embarked on further training in top class Theatre Schools including LIPA and Hull.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Peter's Catholic School and Specialist Science College directly.

Last updated date: 09 January 2015
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