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A Level Drama & Theatre Studies

Content

The A Level Drama and Theatre Studies qualification emphasizes practical creativity alongside research and theoretical understanding. You will learn through experience, seeing theatre and making theatre. You will be introduced to a wide range of theatrical styles and contexts as you explore plays practically, devise and work on performances. You will either develop as a performer, designer (lighting, sound, set, costume, puppets), director or a combination of these. Whichever option you choose, you will gain many invaluable skills, both theatrical and transferable, to expand your horizons.

For 2016 entry only

Attendance

Two years to complete the full A Level.

Assessment

AQA

This is through a combination of exam board assessed coursework and examinations.

MODULE MODULE TITLE MODE OF ASSESSMENT BRIEF OUTLINE OF MODULE
1 Drama and Theatre 40%

What’s assessed?

• Knowledge and understanding of drama and theatre

• Study of two set plays, one chosen from List A, one chosen from List B

• Analysis and evaluation of the work of live theatre makers

 How is it assessed?

• Written exam: 3 hours

 

Questions

• Section A: one question (from a choice) on one of the set plays from List A

• Section B: one two part question on a given extract from one of the set plays from

List B

• Section C: one question on the work of theatre makers in a single live theatre

Production

2

Creating Original Theatre

 

30%

What’s assessed?

• Process of creating devised drama

• Performance of devised drama (students may contribute as performer, designer

or director)

The devised piece must be influenced by the work and methodologies of one prescribed practitioner.

 How is it assessed?

• Working notebook

• Devised performance

3 Making Theatre

30%

 

What’s assessed?

• Practical exploration and interpretation of three extracts (Extract 1, 2 and 3) 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 of all three extracts

 How is it assessed?

• Performance of Extract 3

• Reflective report

Moving on

With a qualification in Drama and 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. Studying Drama can support careers in the performing, media, or people management industries. It is also useful for any job involving presentation skills and the ability to work closely with others. Drama also gives you an understanding of how to work successfully under pressure using time management strategies.

A Level Music

This subject provides opportunities to perform as a soloist and/or in ensembles.

Content

Any instruments and/or voices are acceptable as part of a 5-6 minute assessment performance. It encourages the development of compositional skills leading to the creation of a 3 minute piece from a chosen brief. A CD sleeve note will be created to explain how other pieces of music have influenced this final piece of work. The course involves listening to music and understanding how it works through the study of set pieces. Students use a score to identify harmonic and tonal features and apply this to the completion of a short and simple passage for SATB voices.

In A2 students extend their performance skills during a 12 – 15 minute assessed performance which can be as a soloist or as part of an ensemble. The students develop their compositional skills, culminating in a 3-minute composition chosen from a brief. They then study a harmonic pastiche and complete a passage in this genre. Different pieces from The Anthology of Music are studied, looking at specific elements of music. They learn how to compare and contrast excerpts, contextualize music and identify harmonic and tonal features.

Entry

5 A*-C to C GCSE to gain entry to the Sixth Form.  To study Music A level it is preferable to have GCSE Music at grade C or above, Grade 4 Practical and Grade 5 Theory in an instrument. A good understanding of music harmony, composition and performance is vital.

Attendance

One year to AS plus one further year to complete the full A Level.

Assessment

AS Level – EDEXCEL 8MU01                  A2 Level – EDEXCEL 9MU01

This is through a combination of exam board assessed and centre assessed coursework and examinations.

MODULE

LEVEL

MODULE TITLE

MODE OF ASSESSMENT

BRIEF OUTLINE OF MODULE

1

AS

Performing music 30% AS15% A2 Provides opportunities to perform as a soloist and/or in ensembles.  Any instruments and/or voices are acceptable as part of a 5 – 6 minute assessment performance.

2

AS

Composition

 

30% AS15% A2

 

Encourages the development of compositional skills leading to the creation of a 3 minute piece from a chosen brief.  A CD sleeve note will be created explaining how other pieces of music have influenced this final piece of work.

3

AS

Developing Musical Understanding

 

40% AS20% A2

 

Listening to music and understanding how it works through studying set pieces of The Anthology of Music.  Students use a score to identify harmonic and tonal features and apply this to the completion of a short and simple passage for SATB voices.

4

A2

Extended Performance 30% A2 Students extend their performance skills during a 12 – 15 minute assessed performance.  This can be as a soloist or as part of an ensemble.

5

A2

Composition and Technical Study

 

30% A2 Section 1 – students develop their compositional skills, culminating in a 3 minute composition chosen from a brief   ORSection 2 – students study a harmonic pastiche (a set style of harmonic writing) and complete a passage in this genre.

6

A2

Further Musical Understanding

 

40% A2 Students study different pieces from The Anthology of Music looking at specific elements of music.  They learn how to compare and contrast unstudied excerpts, contextualise music and identify harmonic and tonal features.

Moving on

Music is useful for anyone entering teaching as a career and particularly as a subsidiary subject for those working in primary and middle schools. It is virtually essential for anybody seeking any sort of musical career and it proves valuable for work in broadcasting and the media in general.

BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate In Applied Science (2 year course)

BTECs are an established and highly successful alternative to general qualifications, suitable for a wide range of learners. As work-related qualifications, they are designed to accommodate the needs of employers as well as allowing progression to university.

Students completing the course will be awarded a BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate. The qualification is broadly equivalent to one GCE A level.

 

Who is this qualification for?

Entry requirements are 2 C grades – core and additional

This is a two year course that is intended as an Applied General qualification for post-16 learners who want to continue their education through applied learning and who aim to progress to higher education and ultimately to employment, possibly in the applied science sector. The qualification is equivalent in size to one A Level and aims to give a coherent introduction to study of the applied science sector.

 

Course Content and Assessment

 The course consists of 4 units 2 externally assessed and 2 internally assessed as outlined below:

Unit Unit title Mode of assessment Brief outline
1 Principles and Applications of Science (90 credits)

External examination:

This unit will be assessed through a 90-minute written exam worth 90 marks

The topic areas covered in this unit include: animal and plant cells; tissues; atomic structure and bonding; chemical and physical properties of substances related to their uses; waves and their application in communications.
2 Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques (90 credits) Internal assessment This unit introduces you to standard laboratory equipment and techniques, including titration, colorimetry, calorimetry, chromatography, calibration procedures and laboratory safety.
3 Science Investigation Skills (120 credits)

External assessment:

Assessed through completion of a practical investigate and written task work 60 marks (90 minutes in total)

In this unit you will cover the stages involved and the skills needed in planning a scientific investigation: how to record, interpret, draw scientific conclusions and evaluate.

 

# An additional unit Internal assessment

Students will be expected to complete a unit from the following list:

Unit 8 Physiology of Human Body Systems

Unit 9 Human Regulation and Reproduction

Unit 10 Biological Molecules and Metabolic Pathways

Unit 11 Genetics and Genetic Engineering

Unit 12 Diseases and Infections

Unit 13 Applications of Inorganic Chemistry

Unit 14 Applications of Organic Chemistry

Unit 15 Electrical Circuits and their Application

Unit 16 Astronomy and Space Science

Moving on:

The qualification carries UCAS points and is recognised by higher education providers as contributing to meeting admission requirements for many courses if taken alongside other qualifications as part of a two-year programme of learning, including, but not exclusively, those which are science-related.

The qualification can be taken as part of a diverse programme, leaving progression options fully open. It can also give context to subjects which would benefit from some scientific background. This will depend on the combination of qualifications chosen.

For example, taken alongside:

A Level in Psychology and BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Sport to progress to sport psychology courses
BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Health and Social Care to progress to nursing courses
BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Sport and Exercise Science to progress to sport and exercise science courses

Learners should always check the entry requirements for degree programmes with specific higher education providers.