A Level Drama and Theatre Studies
|The AQA A Level Drama and Theatre Studies course emphasises practical creativity alongside research and theoretical understanding. Students learn through experience, seeing theatre and making theatre for themselves. Students are introduced to a wide range of theatrical styles and contexts as they explore plays practically, devise and work on performances. Students choose to develop as a: performer, designer (lighting, sound, set, costume, puppets), director or a combination of these. Whichever option they choose, students will gain many invaluable skills, both theatrical and transferable, to expand their horizons.|
|Enthusiasm, co-operation, commitment and creativity are vital for studying this course. It is suited to all students with a strong interest in the Performing Arts; students should have achieved a Grade 5 or above in GCSE Drama or a Grade 5 or above in GCSE Music or English.|
|This is a two year A Level course.|
|MODULE||MODULE TITLE||MODE OF ASSESSMENT||OVERVIEW OF UNIT||BRIEF OUTLINE OF MODULE|
|Unit 1||Drama and Theatre||External Written Exam||In this unit students develop knowledge and understanding of making, performing, interpreting and understanding drama and theatre. Students will study and explore practically two set plays.||
This is a written exam that lasts 3 hours. The paper is split in to three sections: Section A: one question (from a choice) on one of the set plays
Section B: one three part question on a given extract from one of the set plays
Section C: one question (from a choice) on the work of theatre makers in a single live theatre production.
|Unit 2||Creating Original Drama||Practical Exam||In this unit you will explore technical performance skills with a focus on developing skills and techniques in at
least two performance styles.
|For assessment, students must perform, direct or create realised designs for a devised group piece.|
|Unit 3||Making Theatre||Practical Exam||
In this unit you will complete a practical exploration and interpretation of three extracts (Extract 1, 2 and 3) each taken from a different play
Extract 3 is to be performed as a final assessed piece (students may contribute as performer, designer or director)
A Reflective report analysing and evaluating theatrical interpretation of all three extracts will be produced to accompany the performance.
|With a qualification in Theatre Studies, you could go onto higher education for work in: The performance or Media industry, Teaching, Arts administration, Human Resources, Public relations or any career demanding a high level of communication and management skills.|