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Drama & Theatre Studies at Nobel School

Course description

Awarding Body: AQA

This course is based on four main areas of study of drama and theatre: the interpretation of plays for performance; theatre practitioners; the viewing of live productions, and candidates' own practical work. Three modules are taken in each year. Each year one module is practical and two are written.

Course content

This course will enable you to:

  • develop your interest in, and enjoyment of, a wide range of theatre and drama;
  • encourage your knowledge, and understanding of the social and cultural contexts of drama and theatre;
  • develop your ability to respond sensitively and critically to a range of drama texts and live theatre;
  • appreciate different styles of drama and approaches to theatre;
  • acquire a range of practical theatre skills and develop appropriate production and Drama and Theatre Studies performance techniques.

Entry requirements

Students will be expected to have 5 or more GCSE grades A*-B, including minimum grade Cs in English and English Literature. Drama GCSE is not an essential requirement but students must have an active interest in the theatre and be involved in some sort of practical drama activity.

Assessment

AS Level

Unit 1 - Live Theatre Production Seen and Prescribed Play

(60% of AS and 30% of A level) 1 hour written examination

Section A - response to live theatre seen during the course and Section B, study of one set play from a choice of six.

Unit 2 - Presentation of an Extract from a Play

(40% of AS and 20% of A level) - Practical Performance

Performance by a group of an extract from a published play. The assessment also includes candidates' preparatory and development work and supporting notes.

Those students who wish only to study AS Level Drama and Theatre Studies will finish the course after these initial two modules.

A Level

Unit 3 - Further Prescribed Plays including Pre-Twentieth Century

(30% of A level) - 2 hour written paper

Study of two further set plays.

Unit 4 - Presentation of Devised Drama

(20% of A level) - Practical Performance

Performance by a group of devised drama. The assessment also includes candidates' preparatory and development work and supporting notes.

Future opportunities

You will find this course useful if you wish to follow a career in the following areas:

  • acting and theatre;
  • performing arts;
  • advertising and the media;
  • teaching;
  • any career in which good communication and social skills are valued.

Further information

Who would be a successful student of Drama and Theatre Studies?

This course will appeal to students who:

  • have a genuine interest in drama and theatre;
  • enjoy reading and exploring ideas/issues/plays in a practical way, as well as through individual study and essay writing;
  • co-operate well with others in a creative, disciplined manner;
  • enjoy expressing their opinions and justifying their comments;
  • want to view live theatre and discuss it;
  • enjoy performing and devising drama;
  • enjoy studying a subject which is relevant to their own lives and experiences.

Extra Curricular Activities

These include:

  • a wide range of theatre trips;
  • working with younger students on workshop projects;
  • performances to a live audience.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 26 May 2015
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