Key Stage 5

Kingsmead is delighted to offer A Level Drama & Theatre Studies. This course builds upon the skills developed at GCSE. During the two year course students will explore drama and its conventions through practical and written assessment. It is an academic and challenging course and requires students to be committed to extra rehearsals.

The course is made of the 3 components below:

Component 1: Devising (40%)
Students will create a devised performance, including: exploring an extract from a text in light of a practitioner, using this exploration to create ideas for a devised piece, working collaboratively to develop these ideas and analysing and evaluating the development process and their contribution to it.
The process will be recorded in the form of a portfolio.

Component 2: Text In Performance (20%)
Students take part in two performances from two different texts, one a monologue or duologue and the other a group piece (free choice of texts), including: developing performance and/or design skills, understanding the context of the extracts within the text, articulating the intention for the character they are performing or the design they have created.

Component 3: Theatre Makers in Practice (40%)
Students will complete a written exam which has three parts:

Section A: Theatre Evaluation.
Section B: Page to Stage i.e. ‘Machinal’, ‘Equus’
Section C: Interpreting a Performance Text.

Practical exploration of a set text, including: understanding of style, genre, structure, form, interpretation of characters, consideration of staging, including lighting, set and sound, consideration of costume and make up and an understanding of social, historical and cultural context


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