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Drama and Theatre A Level at Oldbury Wells School

Course description

Whatever your previous experience, being an A Level Drama and Theatre Studies student will be thought-provoking, challenging and exciting. Creative thinking is integral to success: you have only to read a selection of theatre reviews to realise that people have very different individual views on plays and performances. You will need to listen to and respect the views of others. You will also need to work as an individual in researching material and putting your knowledge and understanding down on paper. You must be prepared to put in your own time, whether seeing theatre performances, carrying out research, learning lines, acquiring props, or rehearsing for performance. Much of your time will be spent working practically with others. A lot of enjoyment and achievements depends on your commitment to working as a member of a team. Regular attendance and punctuality is essential.

Course content

AS Year 12

Component 1: Drama and Theatre:

• 40% of A Level

• 3 hour written examination (open book)

• 80 marks in total One question from each of three sections:

• Section A–Study of play from List A (25 marks)

• Section B–A three-part question on a second play from List B (30 marks)

• Section C–Response to live theatre (25 marks)

Component 2: Creating Original Drama:

• 30% of A Level

• Practical performance with working notebook (practical performance is worth 20 marks and the working notebook is worth 40 marks)

• 60 marks in total

• Devised performance by a group. This is moderated by AQA

Component 3: Making Theatre

• 30% of A Level

• Practical performance of three extracts with reflective report (practical is worth 40 marks and reflective report is worth 20 marks)

• 60 marks in total

• This component is marked by AQA

Year 12

Component 1:

• The study of one play from List A and response to live theatre including a compulsory theatre visit

Component 3:

• Practical development of two extracts including reflective report

Year 13

Component 1:

• Revision of Year 12 text and study of one play from List B. Second response to live theatre

• Final examination

Component 2:

• Performance of devised drama including working notebook

Component 3:

• Practical development of the third extract including reflective report

Entry requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements: GCSE Drama and Theatre Studies Grade B, if studied. English Grade 5.

Future opportunities

Students have continued with studying Theatre in Higher Education gaining a Theatre degree with honours. There is also the opportunity to pursue courses at drama schools, as well as developing work in drama therapy, teaching and journalism.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 16 January 2017

Key information

  • Start date: Next September