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DRAMA & THEATRE

Examining Body -

EDEXCEL

LINEAR

REQUIREMENTS -

GCSE LEVEL

Grade 6 in Drama (if taken) or

Grade 6 in English Language

Grade 6 in English Literature

COURSE DESCRIPTION

The course demands practical, creative and communication

skills in almost equal measure. Students will extend their ability

to create drama and theatre, either in a performing or production

role. They will also be required to write about drama and to develop

their powers of analysis to become an informed critic. The course

will involve taking part in drama productions, as well as studying

plays, playwrights and theatre practitioners.

Studentsneedtobecuriousaboutissuesandideasandhave

a creative instinct for communicating their views through

drama. Theymay be keen on acting, writingor on the visual and

technical side of theatre and wish to develop their skills in

some or all of these areas. Equally students will be interested

in going to the theatre to see plays performed by different

theatre companies.

PROGRESSION

A popular pathway for a large proportion of A Level Drama

and Theatre students is to pursue a related degree course at

university.Vocationalcoursesarealsohighlysought-after, whether

in acting, writing or technical theatre, with many being offered

places at prestigious Drama and Musical Theatre Schools

across the country. Career paths include acting, filmand television

production, journalism, law and politics, the public services

and teaching. The study of Drama has enabled our students to

develop essential transferable skills, which have strengthened

their appeal to prospective employers in an increasingly

competitive workplace.

ADDITIONAL COSTS

- Approx

Theatre Visits/Books

£60

annually

ASSESSMENT

A LEVEL

- comprised of three components:

Students are expected to demonstrate a practical understanding of a minimum

of two complete and substantial performance texts and at least three key extracts

from three different texts, placed in the context of the whole text.

COMPONENT 1 - DEVISING

Coursework

40%

of A Level mark

The written part will be based on practical devising which is original with stimulus

froma key extract froma performance text and influenced by a chosen practitioner.

Students will also be assessed on a devised performance.

COMPONENT 2 - TEXT IN PERFORMANCE

Non - Examined Assessment

20%

of A Level mark

A group performance and monologue will be externally assessed by a visiting

examiner.

COMPONENT 3 - THEATRE MAKERS IN PRACTICE

Non - Examined Assessment

40%

of A Level mark

The exam will have three sections; a live theatre evaluation; realising a performance

text and interpreting a performance text.

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