Drama and Theatre Studies at Simon Langton Girls' Grammar School offers superb collaboration between theory and practice. Our theatrical course includes the social, cultural and historical study of two iconic plays, numerous trips to watch live theatre and opportunities to perform both in and out of the studio. A devising project allows you to explore the practitioner of your choice and create an electrifying performance for an audience whilst honing your directorial and/or performance skills.
Outline of the Course
Unit 1: Drama and theatre
• 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
Unit 2: Creating original drama (practical) - Completed in Year 12
• Process of creating devised drama
• Performance of devised drama (students may contribute as performer, designer or director)
Devised piece must be influenced by the work and methodologies of one prescribed practitioner
This component is marked by teachers and moderated by AQA.
Unit 3: Making theatre (practical) - Completed in Year 13
• Practical exploration and interpretation of three extracts, 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. This component is marked by AQA.
Type of Assessment
Written Examination – Section A: one question (from a choice) on one of the set plays from List A (25 marks). Section B: one two part question on a given extract from one of the set plays from List B (25 marks). Section C: one question on the work of theatre makers in a single live theatre production (30 marks)
40% (80 marks)
Creating original drama (practical)
How it’s assessed: Working notebook (40 marks) and Devised performance (20 marks)
30% (60 marks)
Making theatre (practical)
How it’s assessed: Performance of Extract 3 (40 marks) and Reflective report (20 marks)
30% (60 marks)
Minimum entry criteria:
Guarantees a place on the course: 7 in Drama or 7 in English Literature if Drama has not been studied.
May be accepted on the course: 6 in Drama or 6 in English Literature if Drama has not been studied.
You could take this course with other advanced level courses, which could be related to the performing arts, to prepare for higher education in the arts or more general higher education courses. With further training, you could go into a job related to the performing arts such as working in the Film, Television or Theatre industries. You may also like to look at joining a theatre group to increase your drama and theatre experience. The course offers a distinct subject content which provides you with the skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers from lots of industries are looking for. You could take this course to complement other advanced level courses that may be related to the performing arts or to prepare for the A2 part of an Advanced GCE in Drama and Theatre Studies, which could lead onto higher education within the arts or more general higher education courses.