DRAMA – KEY STAGE 5 A LEVEL
The A Level Drama course extends on the work completed at GCSE and aims to develop all of your Drama skills in preparation for possible further study. The course consists of 60% practical assessment and 40% written assessment.
You will study a range of different theatre practitioners over the course of the year and polish your performance skills by using different theatre genres in preparation for a public performance; you will develop your vocal and acting skills by working on a scripted piece in AS and a devised piece in A2.
The course is split into four Units, two in AS and two in A2.
Unit 1 is the exploration of Drama, looking at a range of practitioners and studying two texts. You will be marked during the lessons on your practical exploration of the texts and you will also provide a piece of supporting coursework.
Unit 2 is a performance directed by the drama teacher in small groups, this will develop your skills as an actor. As part of this unit you also have to prepare a monologue, this will be done independently. Both of these elements will be performed to an outside Examiner.
Unit 3 is the development of a devised performance. Students will be marked each lesson on their development of the stimulus into a performance. Students will also provide a piece of supporting coursework to show this process.
Unit 4 is a written examination which explores the text ‘Dr Faustus’ and Greek theatre.
Beyond the minimum entry criteria for Level 3 learning of 5 A*-C GCSE grades, students will also be expected to achieve a minimum B grade in GCSE Drama. Students who did not do GCSE Drama may be allowed to do A ‘level Drama but this will be at the discretion of the course leader and other GCSE grades achieved, in particular we will take GCSE English grades into account and extra-curricular experience of performing.
AS to A Level Progression:
In order to ensure that students are appropriately prepared for A Level study, AS students will be expected to achieve a minimum grade D at AS at AS and where this is not the case will need to re-sit AS modules alongside the A2 course
- Independent learning into theatre practitioners and a variety of genres.
- To attend extra-curricular visits.
- For every hour taught students spend an hour in private study.
- To spend time after school rehearsing practical pieces.
Extra-Curricular Activities/Independent Learning Opportunities:
- There will be at least three theatre visits a year, ranging from large scale performances in London to small scale theatre in local studio spaces.
- There will also be opportunities to talk to and work with individuals from the industry.
- To lead Drama Clubs and Companies for Lower School.
- To perform in whole school events.
Actor, Drama Teacher, Communications Officer, Theatre Technician, and other Media Careers. This course also has a demanding written aspect and has an excellent qualification recognised by many universities. Drama works well in combination with any subject but it complements Music, English Literature and Language, History, Religious Education, Psychology and Sociology.
I find the mixture and practical and written work both exhilarating and challenging, I love studying Drama and would recommend the subject to others.
If you enjoy expressing yourself and being creative then this course is for you.