Drama and Theatre Studies


How long does it last? Two years
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Students who take this course:
This option is only available to students who are gifted performers with a passion for drama. Students must be prepared to attend rehearsals out of school hours, particularly just before units are performed. Students will be required to work extremely hard over the two year course, both independently and with direction from the teacher in order to gain the qualification.

Course Description:
The subject content details the knowledge, understanding and skills that students are expected to develop throughout the course of study.

The subject content for A Level Drama and Theatre is divided into three components:
1. Drama and theatre
2. Creating original drama
3. Making theatre

Guidance is also provided on the theatrical skills students will need to work on.
In the practical components students may specialise in performing, lighting, sound, set, costume, puppets and/or directing.

Core content:
Component 1: Drama and Theatre

Knowledge and understanding of drama and theatre. Study of two set plays and the analysis and evaluation of the work of live theatre makers.

Assessment: Written exam: 3 hours. Open book 80 marks: 40% of A Level

Component 2: Creating Original Drama (Practical)

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.

Assessment: Marked by teachers and moderated by AQA. Working notebook (40 Marks). Devised performance (20 Marks). 60 marks in total: 30% of A Level.

Component 3: Making Theatre (Practical)

Practical exploration and interpretation of 3 extracts each taken from a different play. 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).

Reflective report analysing and evaluating theatrical interpretation for all three extracts.

Assessment: Performance of Extract 3 (40 marks). Reflective report (20 Marks). 60 marks in total: 30% of A Level.