This is a two year A Level course. Over the two years you will study, using a practical, performance based approach, two plays from a performance, design and analytical perspective. You will explore the dramatic, social and historical context of the plays, experiment with a range of dramatic interpretations using a variety of theatre conventions. You will see and review live theatre using what you have seen to inform your own practice.
You will also explore the rehearsal and performance techniques of a range of theatre practitioners: directors, writers, devisors, actors, designers and companies in order to prepare you for the practical assessments. You will produce a performance of an extract from a play and practically explore another two extracts from different plays, showing the clear influence of one of the practitioners studied; you will also devise an original piece of drama from a stimulus, using the techniques of a different practitioner. The aim of the course is for you to become an expert in Theatre, not just acting.
PRACTICAL ASSESSMMENTS - 60% OF TOTAL MARK.
The performance element of the course is worth 60% but involves two pieces of writing (30%) submitted alongside the practical work. The performance of your original piece of theatre is marked by your teachers and then a recording is sent to the exam board to be moderated along with your written work. The performance of your extract from a play is marked by a visiting examiner.
WRIITEN EXAM - 40% OF TOTAL MARK
You have one 3 hour written examination (40%) in June of Y13 which will focus on the two set texts and review of live Theatre. You will write about your practical, theatrical understanding and interpretation of the texts and the plays you have seen.
You need to have a GCSE in Drama or Performing Arts, usually with a grade 6 or higher. In circumstances where you were not able to take a GCSE in Drama, experience in performance or the theatre outside school may be acceptable. If you have taken a BTEC only, it is important that you talk to us about the significance of the written component in this course as it may be very different to what you are used to. Because of the rigour of academic study, you should also have a Grade 5 or higher in English or English Literature at GCSE. (We can discuss this further if you have a Grade 4).
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We follow the AQA course because universities respect it as a fully demanding academic A Level. Many of our students study Drama at university or go on to train as actors but our students have also used their outstanding grades in their Drama A Level to gain admission to a wide range of courses such as English Literature, English Language, MFL courses, Law, History. All Universities, including the Russell Group, will accept Drama and Theatre Studies as a valuable additional A Level for any degree. You may want to consider that if most of your A Levels are in non-Arts subjects, your success in Drama and Theatre will demonstrate your impressive versatility, creativity and individuality to universities and future employers.