Drama and Theatre at KS5

Students will study and stage a range of different texts and apply your own ideas to them. They will learn about different practitioners who have influenced theatre and gain a historical understanding of how modern theatre has arisen. Within the practical components of the course they will perform monologues and duologues and also work in groups, both devising and staging plays. There is portfolio coursework detailing rehearsal processes and also a written exam which includes evaluation of the theatre seen on the course.

Component 1: Devising an original piece of performance – based on a text and a practitioner

Component 2: Text in Performance – Performing a monologue/duologue and a group piece

Component 3: Theatre Makers in Practice – Live theatre evaluation, the practical study of a complete text and how it could be realised in performance (Page to Stage) and a practical exploration of a different set text in light of a practitioner and how it can be reimagined for a contemporary audience (Interpreting a Performance Text).

Where next?

The course gives a thorough preparation for students entering Higher Education or employment, developing creative thinking and independent learning skills alongside practical skills in theatre and drama. Many students progress to drama related degrees, others to degrees such as Law, Psychology, Film Studies, English and History. The course helps create independent students, critical thinkers and effective decision makers – qualities which can make students stand out as they progress through education and into employment.

Exam Information

Method of Assessment:

Component 1 (40% of qualification) -  A written portfolio of the development of the practical devised performance (2500 – 3000 words) and the performance of the piece – all internally marked and externally moderated.

Component 2 (20% of qualification) -  Externally assessed by a visiting examiner.

Component 3 (40% of qualification) - Evaluation of Live Theatre, Page to Stage, where students will be given a section of the text they have studied and write about how they will create a performance of the scene. Interpreting a Performance text will ask the students to answer a question in terms of re-imagining a concept that they have for a play to make it meaningful to a contemporary audience.