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Drama and Theatre Studies A Level at Priory School Edgbaston

Course description

This course offers the opportunity to examine all aspects of performance and theatre. It develops imagination, confidence, self-discipline and team-building skills. The course will also develop and improve acting, directing and devising skills. Students will learn how to research, rehearse and perform devised and scripted work. Students study a wide variety of theatrical skills, forms and practitioners, they will develop and extend their knowledge of theatre and develop a critical response to a wide range of live productions through studying and performing plays. We are all surrounded by performances on a daily basis, whether it be on the television, radio, at the theatre or simply the people that surround us; this course helps give an in depth insight into these and improves students’ own analysis and performance.

Course content

A level component 1 – Interpreting Drama

This component is a written exam in which students are assessed on their knowledge and understanding of how drama and theatre is developed and performed and on their ability to analyse and evaluate the live theatre work of others.

 

The paper constitutes 40% of the AS

Students have 1 hour 45 minutes to answer the paper.

The paper is divided into two compulsory sections:

·         Section A: Drama through the ages

·         Section B: Live theatre production

A level Component 2 – Process and Performance

This is a practical component in which students are assessed on their ability to create and develop ideas to communicate meaning as part of the theatre making process making connections between dramatic theory and practice.

 

Students must practically explore and interpret two key extracts, each from a different play and complete two assessment tasks:

·         Formally present extract 2 to an audience.

·         Produce and individual portfolio documenting work on both extract 1 and extract 2.

Component 2 constitutes 60% of the AS.

A level  Component 1 - Drama and theatre

A written exam in which students are assessed on their knowledge and understanding of how drama and theatre is developed and performed and on their ability to analyse and evaluate the live theatre work of others.

 

The paper constitutes 40% of the A-level.

Students have 3 hours to answer the paper.

The paper is divided into three compulsory sections:

• Section A: Drama through the ages

• Section B: 20th and 21st century drama

• Section C: Live theatre production.

A level Component 2 – Creating Original Drama (practical)

This subject content is assessed practically.

Students must learn how to create and develop original devised ideas to communicate meaning as part of the theatre making process.

Process of creating devised drama

Performance of devised drama (students may contribute as performer, designer or director)

Devised piece must be influenced by the work and methodologies of one prescribed practitioner.

A level Component 3 – Making Theatre (Practical)

Practical exploration and interpretation of three extracts, each taken from a different play. The methodology of a prescribed practitioner must be applied to Extract 3.

Extract 3 is to be performed as a final assessed piece (students may contribute as performer, designer or director).

A reflective report analysing and evaluating theatrical interpretation of all three extracts is also required.

 

Entry requirements

You will need at least a grade B in GCSE English Literature or English Language and the experience of performing either in productions or in drama classes.  It is not essential, but it is recommended that you have studied GCSE Drama.

Assessment

AS component 1 – Interpreting Drama

·         Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes

·         Open book

·         80 marks

·         40% of AS

AS component 2 – Process and Performance (practical)

·         Performance of extract 2 (30 marks)

·         Portfolio (30 marks)

·         60% of AS

Component 1 – Drama and Theatre

·         Written exam: 3 hours

·         Open book

·         80 marks

·         40% of A-level

Component 2 – Making Theatre (Practical)

·         Working notebook (40 marks)

·         Devised performance (20 marks)

·         60 marks in total

·         30% of A-level

This component is marked by teachers and moderated by AQA.

Component 3 – Making Theatre (Practical)

·         Performance of Extract 3 (40 marks)

·         Reflective report (20 marks)

·         60 marks in total

·         30% of A-level

This component is marked by AQA.

 

Future opportunities

A qualification in drama & theatre studies is recognised as a reliable indication of academic, aesthetic, social and personal development, and leads to a great variety of higher education courses. It has the possibility to link into a wide range of careers, including acting, stage management, psychology, the media, law, politics, advertising and teaching.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 15 November 2016

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    • We warmly welcome applications from internal and external candidates. In order to obtain admission into Priory Sixth Form, candidates must achieve a minimum of 5 A* – C grades including a minimum of a grade C in English language and mathematics. Students are also advised to choose subjects where they have achieved a grade A or B at GCSE. It is equally important for advance level study that applicants display strong self-discipline and commitment.

      Prospective pupils should complete a registration form and Sixth Form application during the Autumn term prior to taking their GCSEs. Interviews will take place early in the Spring Term and an Induction Day will be held late in the Summer Term prior to starting Priory Sixth Form. Candidates will also have the opportunity to tour the Sixth Form with a member of our senior leadership team.

      A conditional offer will be made to internal and external candidates upon receiving their predicted GCSE grades. A firm offer will be made on GCSE results day.