KS5 Course Intro:

A Level Drama and Theatre Studies involves both theoretical and practical exploration of theatre. Students will study theatre history, theatre practitioners and theatre conventions. Students will study set plays, devise performances, direct plays and perform in a professional setting. The course comprises of 4 Units to be completed over 2 years. Unit one and two are completed in the first year of the course and make up the AS qualification. Units three and four are completed in the second year.

Edexcel’s Drama and Theatre Studies specification

This specification combines the activities of exploring plays, creating theatre, the performing of plays, the analysis of theatre and the critical evaluation of all of these elements. Students completing the course successfully will have a thorough understanding of drama and theatre, highly toned analytical and creative skills and an ability to communicate effectively with others.

Requirements

Students are required to achieved at least at least 5 A- C grade at GCSE and achieve a minimum of a C grade in English. If students have not studied GCSE Drama then they will be asked to audition before they are accepted on to the A level course.

 

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Introduction to the course

The students will

 

Unit 1 Exploration of Drama and Theatre

This unit introduces students to the content of plays written for the theatre. Students will

learn how to analyse plays in a variety of ways so that they become familiar with the

way written plays can be interpreted for realisation in performance.

Unit 2: Theatre Text in Performance

This unit offers students the chance to demonstrate skills in a performance environment. The knowledge and understanding gained during the study of two plays in Unit 1 can be applied with a view to delivering a performance to an audience. The unit is assessed by an external examiner. Students perform a group play and a monologue or duologue.

Unit 2: Theatre Text in Performance

Continues working on the performance

Introduction to Unit 4: Theatre Text in Context

This is an externally assessed unit takes the form of a 2-hour-and-30-minute written paper in three sections. Students must direct and perform key scenes from the set plays.

Sections A and B require students to explore the play Dr Faustus, from the point of view of a director in both an academic and practical way.

In Section C students explore the history of theatre and focus on a play from either the Victorian or Greek historic periods.

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Unit 3: Exploration of Dramatic Performance

This unit requires the creation of a unique and original piece of theatre. The knowledge

and understanding gained in the AS units is now applied to a devised performance.

Students will be assessed on both the process of creation and the finished product in the form of a performance to an invited audience.

Unit 4: Theatre Text in Context

This is an externally assessed unit takes the form of a 2-hour-and-30-minute written paper in three sections. Students must direct and perform key scenes from the set plays.

Sections A and B require students to explore the play Dr Faustus, from the point of view of a director in both an academic and practical way.

In Section C students explore the history of theatre and focus on a play from either the Victorian or Greek historic periods.

Unit 4: Theatre Text in Context

Continue to work towards this is an externally assessed unit. Working on practice papers and revision skills in preparation for the 2-hour-and-30-minute written paper.

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