At GCSE we follow the AQA Drama specification. This consists of four pieces of group-based practical coursework and a final written examination.
The coursework explores a range of theatrical styles, which take the form of both existing plays and original texts created by the students.
Preparation for the written paper further develops performance analysis by enabling the student to evaluate live theatre performance from the viewpoint of a theatre critic, and by encouraging in-depth analysis of a set text from the viewpoint of an actress.
The course offers widely recognised benefits in terms of developing a range of performance and interpersonal skills, including teamwork and communication, and builds confidence.
At KS5 students follow the AQA Drama and Theatre Studies specification.
This course allows opportunities for students to:-
· Explore and perform play texts as actor, director and designer. Design options include set, lighting, sound and costume.
· Devise and script their own performances.
· Study theatre history in the context of contemporary performances.
· Study live theatre.
Students will be expected to attend after school rehearsals in preparation of practical performances. As much of the work involves group performances, a commitment to lessons and rehearsals is vital. Students will also be expected to experience several ‘live’ performances to expand their theatrical experience.
COURSE STRUCTURE AND ASSESSMENT
Unit 1: Live Theatre Production Seen and Prescribed Play (60% of AS, 30% of A level)
· 1 hour 30 minutes written examination (100 marks)
· Section A - response to live theatre seen during the course.
· Section B – study of one set play. (A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen)
Unit 2 : Presentation of an Extract from a Play (40% of AS, 20% of A level)
· Practical performance (80 marks)
Performance by a group of an extract from a published play. The assessment also includes candidates’ preparatory and development work and supporting notes. Students will study the plays and theatrical ideas of a variety of playwrights, including, Brecht, Pinter, Beckett and Hare.
AS drama students have to opportunity to participate in a trip to London in the Autumn term. Allowing them to see a West End show and visit Shakespeare’s Globe theatre.
Unit 3: Further Prescribed Plays including Pre-Twentieth Century (60% of A2, 30% of A level))
2 hour written examination (100 marks)
Study of two further set plays
Unit 4: Presentation of Devised Drama (40% of A2, 20% of A level)
Practical Performance (80 marks)
Performance by a group of devised drama utilising the theatrical techniques of practitioner Antonin Artaud (Theatre of Cruelty). The assessment also includes candidates’ preparatory and development work and supporting notes.
A2 drama students have the opportunity to participate in a trip to New York in the Spring term. Allowing them to see a Broadway show and take part in practical drama workshops.
The course will provide a sound basis for entry into drama and media, as well as any career requiring skills in research, public speaking and communication.