Drama & Theatre Studies

Faculty:  Creative Arts                                             

Level:  A Level

Examination Board / website: AQA

Assessment Details:

Component 1: Drama and Theatre 40%

  •    Written Examination – 80 Marks

Component 2: Creating Original Drama 30%

  •    Working Notebook (Written) – 40 Marks
  •    Devised Performance (Practical) – 20 Marks

Component 3: Making Theatre 30%

  •    Performance of Extract (Practical) – 40 Marks
  •    Reflective Report (Written) – 20 Marks

Practical Examinations (Unit titles, duration, % weighting, dates)

Group Devised Performance (10%) – One evening at school with audience. Teacher assessed

Performance of Script Extract (20%) – One evening at school with audience. Externally assessed

Coursework (Unit titles, duration, % weighting, submission dates):

Working Notebook (20%) - Each student is required to complete a Working notebook documenting and exploring the creation, development and refinement of their ideas during the devising process. The Working notebook is divided into two sections, each marked out of 20 marks:

• Section 1: Rationale and research

• Section 2: Development and refinement.

Reflective Report (10%) - Each student is required to write a Reflective report in which they analyse and evaluate their theatrical interpretation of all three key extracts studied. It should be 2000-2500 words in length.

Course Outline

AQA A-level Drama and Theatre offers students the opportunity to explore drama as a practical art form, in which ideas and meaning are communicated to an audience through choices of form, style and convention.

Students will:

• create, perform and respond to drama and theatre

• develop the creativity and independence to become effective theatre makers

• explore the relationship between theory and practice in a range of theatrical styles and periods and historical, social and cultural contexts.

• learn how relevant research, independent thought and analysis of live theatre production can inform decision making in their practical work and put this understanding into practice.

• experience the ways in which theatre makers collaborate to create theatre.

The subject 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

Skills / Aptitudes required to be successful in this course:

A Level Drama and Theatre Studies is a fascinating and rewarding experience.  It encourages personal development, dedication, hard work, collaboration and preparedness to explore new ideas through performance. Students need to be collaborative and team focussed with excellent time management skills, organisation and receptiveness to new ideas. Students who are considering A Level Drama and Theatre Studies will be expected to work during lunchtime and afterschool practical rehearsals and coursework intervention.

Goes well with  

A Level Drama and Theatre Studies is best studied in combination with other Creative Arts subjects such as: Media and Music but also can provide fantastic foundation for students studying A Level English or Literature.

Pathways – Career and /or further study possibilities, using this subject:

The creative sector is one of the fastest growing industries in the UK. It currently accounts for 6% of the UK’s GDP, with further growth predicted for the next decade. The creative industry and has proven to expand despite recent economic crisis. Studying A Level Drama and Theatre provides a fantastic platform for students who wish to continue on to study any Performing Arts degree at University be that onstage or behind the scenes. The career prospects are many and varied within the Arts Industry. For example: Actor, Director, Stage Manager, Presenter, Artistic Director or Stage Crew. However, A Level Drama and Theatre Studies develops important skills that will aid students in any career path they choose that might involve public speaking and/or critical thinking.

For further information, please contact:

Mr Jesse Sheahan, Head of Drama

Email: sheahanj@hendonschool.co.uk

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