KS5 Drama and Theatre Studies

Exam Board: AQA
Specific Course Entry Requirements: B in GCSE English Language or GCSE Eng Lit and in GCSE Drama.
Additional information: students must have a genuine interest in drama with experience in or out of school.

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Lessons involve practical work, including collaborating with others, exploring ideas in different forms through a study of theatre history, text based work, improvisation, physical theatre and technical elements. Theory work includes reading and analysing texts and the ideas of different theatre practitioners. Students need to see live theatre both with the school and independently which will be discussed and analysed in lessons.

The course is divided into three components: Drama and theatre; Creating original drama and Making theatre.  In the practical components students may specialise in performing, directing and / or technical theatre.

Component 1 is assessed through a written examination. You will study two set plays and analyse and evaluate the work of  live theatre makers.  This component counts for 40% of the A-level

Component 2, a practical unit, is examined in a live performance where you will present a performance of a devised piece (20 marks).  This is assessed by your teachers and moderated by the exam board.  Each performance must be accompanied by a series of supporting notes (40 marks).  This component counts for 30% of the A-level.

Component 3 is a practical exploration of three extracts each taken from a different play.  The methodology of a prescribed practitioner must be applied to extract 3 which will be performed as a final assessed piece to a visiting examiner (worth 20 marks).  Each performance must be accompanied by a reflective report (worth 20 marks).  This component counts for 30% of the A-level.

Component 2 will be prepared and assessed during the first year of the course, with moderation taking place in the second year.  Component 1 will be taught throughout the course, with the final assessment at the end of the second year.  Component 3 will be prepared and assessed in the second year of the course.

This lively and challenging course cultivates attributes that are invaluable in all employment areas: personnel, marketing, public relations, broadcasting, politics, management, the legal profession, teaching, nursing, the police, as well as preparing students for areas of stage work, arts administration, design and theatre management. Students can develop their skills in a range of practical drama elements and gain an entry qualification for courses in higher education whether in the area of drama or in a host of other subjects.   

Former students have gone on to study drama at Russell group universities such as Bristol and Exeter and acting at prestigious drama schools such as Rose Bruford and East 15.  Other students have studied costume design and stage management at the famous Old Vic Theatre School in Bristol.