Drama and Theatre Studies AS/A Level 3

Arts, Media and Publishing

Arts, Media and Publishing
Arts, Media and Publishing
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What will you be working towards?

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Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time

Overview

                                                     Exam Board: AQA                                    

This course will be enjoyable and stimulating for those who are interested in gaining a wider knowledge and understanding of the theatre. It provides the opportunity to develop practical skills alongside a critical written response.

Theatre Studies has become a very popular choice for Sixth Form pupils as it combines the development of oral presentation skills, increasingly focused on by universities as an alternative to the traditional essay, with written analysis. GCSE Drama is a useful preparation for the course but we also welcome pupils without this foundation, who can demonstrate a sustained interest in and/ or experience of theatre.

Theatre Studies is a suitable preparation for a wide range of careers. Problem-solving, analytical and negotiation skills become highly developed and are demanded by a number of professions ranging from law, the media, teaching, public service, marketing and administration. It is, of course, an excellent preparation for a career in the theatre, entertainment and leisure industries in a number of capacities – not just acting. Most universities, including Oxford and Cambridge, accept the AQA Theatre Studies A level as a suitable preparation for an Arts degree.

The course is full and varied. It does demand personal commitment and engagement from the pupil as it involves working as a member of a team as well as individual study. Participation in extra-curricular drama activities is invaluable in the development of practical skills and is therefore actively encouraged by the department. The AS/A2 level offers a considerable sense of achievement and enjoyment.

AS EXAMINATION

UNIT 1

Written   Analysis of live theatre seen during the course. Interpretation of a set play from a performance perspective.

AS  60%    A2  30%

UNIT 2

Practical  Performance by a group of an extract from a play. Study of a director, designer or practitioner linked to the practical performance and presented as a portfolio.

AS  40%   A2  20%

 

A2 EXAMINATION

UNIT 3

Written Study of two further set plays; one pre twentieth century.

30%

UNIT 4

Practical Performance by a group of a devised piece of drama, in a theatrical style of their choice. Research into a theatrical style chosen by the group members for their practical work.

20%

The course requires that pupils see a number of productions over the two-year period. In addition, there will be at least one workshop each year led by a professional theatre practitioner. The cost of such trips varies but a sum of at least £70 needs to be budgeted. Three play texts will need to be purchased at approximately £8 each.

Your next steps...

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. Theatre Studies is a suitable preparation for a wide range of careers. Problem-solving, analytical and negotiation skills become highly developed and are demanded by a number of professions ranging from law, the media, teaching, public service, marketing and administration. It is, of course, an excellent preparation for a career in the theatre, entertainment and leisure industries in a number of capacities – not just acting. Most universities, including Oxford and Cambridge, accept the AQA Theatre Studies A level as a suitable preparation for an Arts degree. 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.