Drama A level at Chace Community School
In the first year the students explore plays, practitioners, playwrights and key performance texts, alongside a practical exploration of the history of drama.
They will subsequently take part in a public performance of a devised piece of work, creating a unique and original piece of theatre to be performed before an invited audience. This will be supported by a detailed portfolio supporting their exploration and evaluating their performance, using a combination of written work, photographs and video.
In the second year the students continue to explore texts and practitioners, but are building toward a practical performance, examined externally, and performed for before an audience. There is no written work needed for this unit.
Across the two years students will be able to see up to ten plays which can influence and support both the practical and the portfolio. They will also study the two texts that will form the basis of the final written exam at the end of Year 13. This written exam will cover the evaluation of one live theatre performance and answering questions on two texts from the viewpoint of a performer, a designer and a director.
It is desirable for you to have a B grade at GCSE Drama but if you can demonstrate an interest in and commitment to Drama it is not necessary for you to have taken a Drama GCSE. It would be acceptable to have a C grade in Drama if you have a strong spread of grades in areas like Expressive Arts, Humanities, English or Media Studies. Membership of a Drama group or good parts in theatrical performances in or outside school would help establish your commitment.
40% Written examination
20% Scriptwork practical
40% Devised performance and supporting portfolio
The subject can be pursued at degree level or beyond at university or Drama School, where it is an increasingly popular and successful degree. As well as a variety of careers in the arts, there are opportunities for Drama therapists and psychologists and events organisers. Furthermore, companies are increasingly looking for people that are able to work well in groups, have good communication and co-operation skills, and are comfortable dealing with people.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Chace Community School directly.