Dramatic Arts

 

Department Information

The Drama specification is diverse, practical and accessible to students of all abilities. Drama engages and encourages students to become confident performers and designers with the skills they need for a bright and successful future. The Arts Industry is the fastest growing industry in the UK. The ability to communicate effectively and have confidence in yourself, is important in every vocation, but most importantly in life.

 

Key Stage 5: Performing Arts

Course Title: Level 3 Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate in Performing Arts 2016 Suite

Syllabus: OCR

 

The course is exciting and diverse, focusing on the skills of the individual. Students will find a healthy balance with practical and theoretical learning, devising and experimenting in numerous performances throughout the course. Learners must be able to work as part of a team and individually and the course builds these skills through themed work, offering them a chance to let go and enjoy learning creatively, empowered and inspired.

 

Entry Requirements

This qualification is for learners who are 16 years old or over and want to study the performing arts. It’s not just about being able to perform on stage; it will provide learners with the skills, knowledge and understanding to progress onto a higher education Performing Arts programme or specialist performance degree, such as Drama and Theatre Arts. We recommend a grade 4 or above in an Arts subject as well as a Grade 4 or above in English.           

 

How the course is taught

The course is taught through practical and creative learning. Students are required to be independent and imaginative as they often are in control of their own learning. 

 

Year 12

• Unit ONE: Prepare to work in the Performing Arts sector

• Unit TWO:  Proposal for a commissioning brief

• Unit SIX: Improvisation

 

These units will give learners an understanding of the Performing Arts in wider contexts, including the way the sector works, job roles, and progression opportunities, how to build strategies for sustaining a freelance career, and how to plan and develop projects. Learners will study the work of Performing Arts practitioners and learn how to demonstrate practical ideas for Performance.

 

Year 13

• Unit THREE: Influential Performance Practice

• Unit FOUR: Combined Arts.

 

Learners will develop transferable skills such as Planning, Communication and Adaptability. The Extended Certificate will give learners the skills, knowledge and understanding of the Performing Arts which, gained alongside other vocational or academic qualifications.

How is the course assessed?

Internal and External Moderation on both Performance and Portfolio work.

 

Career Opportunities

Any career that involves working with people will benefit from this subject. The course builds social and life skills resulting in improved confidence and thinking skills.  Students have the opportunity to work with local businesses and the community and several performing opportunities to show case their talents.  Actors and actresses will become more aware of devising skills and teachers will become real team players. The Performing Arts are a preferred skill on university and job applications as it not only shapes creative thinkers, but people who have a drive to succeed.

 

Year 12

Year 13

Performance skills

Practitioner Knowledge

Improvisation

Combining Style and Genre

Audience Engagement

Research and Analytical Skill

Stimuli Exploration

Combining Art Forms

Industry Specific Knowledge

Existing Repertoire

Grant Funding Experience

Presenting Skills

Audition Skills

Devising Skills

Presentation Skills

Interpretation and Deconstruction

How to sell yourself at Interview

Self-Evaluation

 

Key Stage 5: Drama and Theatre

Students can develop an insight into and an understanding of a wide range of activities. Drama is an exciting, creative and challenging course and has been designed to help candidates meet those challenges. The balance between the Performance tasks and the Written Examination gives candidates the best opportunity to succeed.

 

Entry Requirements                                 

A GCSE Grade 4 or above in Drama or Expressive Arts. Relevant experience with a Youth Theatre Group or involvement in the Arts is also acceptable as entry for the course.

 

How the course is taught

The course is taught through practical workshops, discussion and personal commitment to reading plays and visiting the theatre. There is a high standard of written work required, produced from taking notes during lessons and finalised through controlled assessment. Students are expected to rehearse after school and at weekends during exam times.

 

Key Stage 5: Drama and Theatre: Year 12

Course Title: AS Level Drama and Theatre

Syllabus: Edexcel

 

Year 12

Component 1: Exploration and Performance: 60% of the qualification: 96 marks

 

Internally assessed and externally moderated.

 

● There are three parts to the assessment:

 

1) A Portfolio: typed evidence between 2000–2500 words -

2) A Group Performance Realisation of one key extract from a Performance Text and informed by the methodology of one influential practitioner.

3) A Monologue or Duologue Performance from one key extract from a different Performance Text.

 

Component 2: Theatre Makers in Practice Written examination: 1 hour 45 minutes: 40% of the qualification: 48 marks

 

Section A: Live Theatre Evaluation

● 16 marks,

● Students answer one extended response question from a choice of two requiring them to analyse and evaluate a Live Theatre Performance they have seen. Students are allowed to bring in Theatre Evaluation notes of up to a maximum of 500 words.

 

Section B: Page to Stage: Realising a Performance Text

● 32 marks

● Students answer two extended response questions on how they might interpret and realise an extract in Performance. It will be an unseen extract from their chosen text. Students answer from the perspective of a performer and a designer.

 

Key Stage 5: Drama and Theatre: Year 13

Course Title: A Level Drama and Theatre

Syllabus: Edexcel

 

Year 13

Component 1:  Coursework: Devising 40% of the qualification: 80 marks

 

Devise an original Performance Piece using one key extract from a Performance Text and a Theatre Practitioner as stimuli.

There are two parts to the assessment:

1) a Portfolio- Typed Evidence between 2500–3000 words

2) the devised Performance

 

Component 2: Text in Performance- Coursework: 20% of the qualification: 60 marks

● A Group Performance of one key extract from a performance text.

● A Monologue or Duologue Performance from one key extract from a different Performance Text.

 Externally assessed by a visiting examiner.

 

Component 3: Theatre Makers in Practice: Written examination: 2 hours 30 minutes: 40% of the qualification: 80 marks

Section A: Live Theatre Evaluation- Students answer one extended response question from a choice of two requiring them to analyse and evaluate a Live Theatre Performance they have seen.

Section B: Page to Stage: Realising a Performance Text

Students answer two extended response questions based on an unseen extract from the Performance Text they have studied.

Students will demonstrate how they, as Theatre Makers, intend to realise the extract in Performance.

Section C: Interpreting a Performance Text

Students will answer one extended response question from a choice of two based on an unseen named section from their chosen Performance Text. Students will demonstrate how their Re-imagined Production Concept will communicate ideas to a Contemporary Audience and how the work of their chosen Theatre Practitioner has influenced their overall Production Concept. This will demonstrate an awareness of the Performance Text in its Original Performance Conditions.

 

Year 12

Year 13

Performance Skills

Building on the Year 12 work and reviewing skills that need enhancing based on previous result.

Text Interpretation

Audience Engagement

Practitioner Study

Social, Cultural Historical Factors

Text Interpretation

Monologue Skills

Monologue Reflection

Text Study

Live Theatre Review

Live Theatre Evaluation

Study of Greek Theatre

Expressing Analytical Opinion

Performance Skills

 

 

How is the course assessed?

Drama and Theatre will be assessed through a combination of a 40% Written Exam and 60% Coursework.

 

Career Opportunities

As well as the obvious vocation of an Actor, there are a number of career paths that drama supports such as Teaching, Drama Therapy, Community Work and Writer. The skills learnt within the qualification shape quick thinking team players, who can adapt skills and talk with confidence. This Self-promotional aspect can be applicable to almost every career route.