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Prince William School

KS5 Curriculum

Component 1: Theatre Workshop

Non-exam assessment: internally assessed, externally moderated

20% of qualification.  Learners will be assessed on either acting or design

Learners participate in the creation, development and performance of a piece of theatre based on a reinterpretation of an extract from a text chosen from a list supplied by WJEC. The piece must be developed using the techniques and working methods of either an influential theatre practitioner or a recognised theatre company.

Learners must produce: 

  • a realisation of the performance or
  • design a creative log

Component 2: Text in Action

Non-exam assessment: externally assessed by a visiting examiner

40% of qualification.  Learners will be assessed on either acting or design

Learners participate in the creation, development and performance of two pieces of theatre based on a stimulus supplied by WJEC:

1.    a devised piece using the techniques and working methods of either an influential theatre practitioner or a recognised theatre company (a different practitioner or company to that chosen for Component 1)

2.    an extract from a text in a different style chosen by the learner.  Learners must realise their performance live for the visiting examiner. Learners choosing design must also give a 5-10 minute presentation of their design to the examiner. Learners produce a process and evaluation report within one week of completion of the practical work

Component 3: Text in Performance Written examination:

2 hours 30 minutes 40% of qualification

Sections A and B Open book:

Clean copies (no annotation) of the two complete texts chosen must be taken into the examination. Two questions, based on two different texts, one written pre- 1956 and one written post-1956.

Pre-1956:

The Trojan Women by Euripides

As You Like It by William Shakespeare

Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen

Machinal by Sophie Treadwell

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof by Tennessee Williams

Post-1956:

Saved by Edward Bond

Accidental Death of an Anarchist by Dario Fo

Racing Demon by David Hare

Love and Information by Caryl Churchill

Chimerica by Lucy Kirkwood

Section C Closed book:

The extract of text required for answering the questions will be printed on the examination paper. A question based on a specified extract from:

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon, adapted by Simon Stephens.  Details of the 10-15 minute extract will be released during the first week of March, in the year in which the examination is to be taken.