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Devonport High School for Girls

Head of Department

Mr C Swabey, BA (Hons), PGCE

A Level Course Outline

The aim of the Theatre Studies course is to develop your interest and enjoyment in drama and theatre both as active participants and as informed members of an audience, fostering an enthusiasm for, and critical appreciation of, the subject. The course involves approaching performance texts in a variety of ways, as a performer, designer and director. Students also study a range of performance styles and key practitioners, such as Artaud, Brecht, Berkoff, Frantic Assembly, Le Navet Bete, and Stanislavski. Students create their own devised work based on a stimuli from Eduqas/WJEC, whilst also performing an extract from a chosen play. Students also complete a third practical task, which involves re-interpreting an extract from a chosen play, to create a new piece of Drama, using at least 30% of the original text. In the written examination, students respond to ideas for staging, performing and designing key extracts from both the set texts, ‘As You Like It’, and ‘Love and Information’, as well as a pre-released extract from the play ‘A Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time’.

In terms of extra-curricular involvement, A-level students also take on the role of Assistant Director or Stage Managers for our main school production, and lower school performance evenings. A-level students have also been responsible for supporting Year 11 Drama examination students, through Directing their performances.

Higher Education and Career Opportunities

Due to the multi-functional skills that are developed, such as working under pressure situations, public speaking, working individually, as well as part of a group dynamic, whilst being able to show both creative and analytical skills, this qualification can lead to a wide range of careers not only in theatre but also in a range of Public Services such as Teaching, Health and Social Care, Law, Politics, Journalism, and Media.

Course Content

Examination Board

 

 

Full details of the specification and assessment criteria can be found on the Eduqas website 

WJEC Eduqas GCE A Level in Drama and Theatre

Component 1 –

‘Devising’

 

Coursework

40% of A-level

(80 marks)

 

Students devise an original performance piece using one key extract from a performance text, and the ideas of a theatre practitioner, as stimuli (20 marks). Students answer 6 key questions to chart the development process. The word limit is 2,500 words. (60 marks)

Component 2 -

‘Text in Performance

 

Coursework

20% of A-level

(60 marks)

 

A monologue or duologue performance of one key extract from a performance text. (24 marks)

A group performance of a key extract (chosen by teacher) from a second performance text. You cannot use the same play for both elements. (36 marks)

Component 3 –

‘Theatre Makers in Practice’

 

Written examination

40% of A-level

(80 marks)

 

Section A: Live Theatre Evaluation – Students select one of two questions to answer on a production they have seen - (20 marks)

Section B: Page to Stage – Students answer two questions based on an unseen extract from their chosen play – (36 marks)

Section C: Interpreting a text – Students select one question to respond to, justifying their re-imagination of the play - (24 marks)