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It is widely recognised that the varied disciplines of Drama – analysis, evaluation, performance, devising, spontaneity, collaborative work and presentation – as well as the opportunities for nurturing artistic expression, provide a strong platform of employable skills for many careers and vocational areas. The emphasis on versatility that the A level course fosters, makes students attractive to employers and universities alike. Former students currently enjoy highly successful careers in law, medicine, teaching, acting, production, film and television.

An A level in Drama and Theatre does not limit career choices to an arts-based area. Indeed, A level Drama and Theatre provides the ideal training for any position requiring quick thinking, resilience, creativity, team work and organisation.

The course will suit students with an interest in theatre, including those interested in theatre technology. A level Drama and Theatre builds on the skills and techniques encountered at GCSE. However, whilst having studied the subject at GCSE would be an advantage, it is by no means essential. The course emphasises learning through practical exploration; in the written paper, students have to write about their practical work.

Drama and Theatre complements many other subjects available at A level, in particular, History, Classical Civilisation, Psychology, English Literature, Art, Music and languages.

Drama and Theatre A level is accepted by universities for a wide range of different courses. The AQA course is highly regarded by outside agencies and universities as being both of great academic and practical performance value alike.

Theatre visits and workshops are a requirement of the syllabus and students join several visits a term to venues both locally (Chichester and Brighton) and in London, as well as research trips to the National Theatre Archive. We also welcome theatre companies to the school to work with students, such as the award winning ‘Paper Birds’ and the world renowned ‘Frantic Assembly’.

SCHEME OF ASSESSMENT

COMPONENT 1: DRAMA AND THEATRE

• Study of two set plays (currently Our Country’s Good and Hedda Gabler) and Analysis and Evaluation of the work of Live Theatre

COMPONENT 2: CREATING ORIGINAL DRAMA

• Process of creating devised drama and performance of devised drama
• Devised piece influenced by the work of one prescribed practitioner (e.g. Frantic Assembly, Artaud or Kneehigh)
• Notebook and devised performance

COMPONENT 3: MAKING THEATRE

• Practical exploration and interpretation of three extracts each taken from a different play. Methodology of a prescribed practitioner must be applied to the final assessed piece
• Final performance and reflective report

AQA A level Drama & Theatre
(Course code 7262)

COMPONENT 1: WRITTEN PAPER
3 hours
• 80 marks
• 40% of A level

COMPONENT 2: PRACTICAL
• 60 marks
• 30% of A level
• Marked by teachers
• Moderated by AQA

COMPONENT 3: PRACTICAL
• 60 marks
• 30% of A level
• Marked by teachers
• Moderated by AQA

 

A level Drama at Burgess Hill Girls

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