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Drama and Theatre Studies A Level at Newent Community School and SIxth Form Centre

Course description

This course is designed for students who enjoy reading plays and watching or participating in drama - as performers, directors or designers - and who want to develop their skills in one or more of these areas. One of the attractions of this AQA Drama and Theatre Studies course is the group work that you will find is at the heart of the practical element of the course. Students should understand however that the written examinations make up 60% of the marks at both AS and A2.

Course content

AS Unit 1: Live Theatre Production Seen and Prescribed Play
This unit requires students to both explore their personal response to live theatre seen and to develop an interpretation of a set play from a performance perspective. The unit is externally assessed through a written examination.

AS Unit 2: Presentation of an Extract from a Play
In this unit, working in groups of 2-8, students present an extract from a published play. The challenge is to convey the study of an influential practitioner through the performance piece. Assessment includes preparatory and development work and supporting notes.

A2 Unit 3: Further Prescribed Plays including Pre-Twentieth Century
This unit requires the study of two set plays, one to be pre-20th century and the other 20th century of contemporary. The unit is assessed through an externally marked written examination.

A2 Unit 4: Presentation of Devised Drama
This unit challenges students to develop and present a piece of devised drama, performed in a theatrical style of the candidates’ choice.

Entry requirements

Students are expected to obtain a minimum of a C grade or above in GCSE Drama. Alternatively, if students have not studied Drama at GCSE, a grade C in GCSE English Language or English Literature will be accepted. Students should also have excellent team skills and a good attendance record.

Future opportunities

As well as preparing students who wish to apply to traditional acting and drama schools, the course is also useful for other career paths.

Universities offer Theatre and Drama degrees as single honours or combined courses. Some institutions offer Creative or Performance Arts degrees where theatre can be combined with other arts subjects such as Film, Music, Dance, Art, Design and Photography. Students may also follow careers into stage management, theatre administration and theatre production.

Drama and Theatre skills can be used in education, therapy, community work and in the expanding leisure and media industries. Drama and Theatre Studies develops team skills, empathy and self- confidence, as well as being a strong academic discipline. It nurtures several skills essential for careers outside the arts such as management, for example, or any context in which strong interpersonal skills are important.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Newent Community School and SIxth Form Centre directly.

Last updated date: 24 June 2015
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