Drama and Theatre Studies

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AQA: A Level Drama and Theatre Studies

Studying Drama and Theatre Studies at A level is not just for those who wish to act or read Drama at university. Key life skills are developed such as a confidence in presenting, the ability to communicate clearly and effectively and becoming adept at problem solving and team work. This is, of course, alongside the many subject specific benefits: acting skill and knowledge, the development of historical and cultural changes from the Greeks to modern day and how they have influenced theatre. Alongside a diverse and varied knowledge of practitioners and influential theatre companies.

The syllabus aims to encourage candidates to:

  • Develop their interest and enjoyment in Drama and Theatre both as participants, and as informed members of the audience
  • Develop an understanding and appreciation of the significance of social, cultural and historical influences on the development of Drama and Theatre throughout history
  • Experience a range of opportunities to develop a variety of practical skills, through workshops and live theatre visits whilst
  • Integrate theory and practice through their understanding of critical concepts and the use of specialist terminology

Course Content

Component Assessment

1 –Theatre Workshop = 20%
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.

Non- exam assessment:
internally accessed,
externally moderated
 

Learners will be assessed on either acting or design.

2 – Text in Action = 40%

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

1. Devised piece using the techniques and working methods of either an influential theatre practitioner or a recognised theatre company.

2. Performance of an extract from a text in a different style chosen by the learner.

Learners produce a process and evaluation report within one week of completion of the practical work.

Practical exam performance with written evaluation 


Externally marked by visiting examiner.

3 – Text in Performance = 40%

Section A and B open book: Clean copies of 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.

Section C Closed book: A question based on a specified extract from: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. 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.

Written paper:
2 hours 30 minutes
Marked by WJEC

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Looking Further Ahead

 Whichever path a student chooses to follow, an employer or university will recognise the importance of A level Drama because of the transferable skills it offers. Students develop the confidence to speak and present in front of others and work effectively and creatively in a team as well as having a broad social, cultural and historical knowledge base.