WJEC AS/A2 Drama and Theatre Studies Level 3
In a nutshell
Drama and Theatre Studies is for students who enjoy reading and watching plays, as well as taking part in them, whether performing, directing or designing sets and costumes.
This course is for you if...
... You’re confident and enthusiastic about theatre
... You want a practical and theoretical study programme
... You’re creative and hardworking
What will I be doing?
This course offers students the freedom to choose both the content and the form of their practical presentations. In total, you’ll be studying a total of 4 units:
AS Unit 1: Theatre Workshop
Non-exam assessment: internally assessed, externally moderated, 24% of qualification. You’ll be assessed on either acting or design and participate in the creation, development and performance of a piece of theatre.
You must produce:
- A realisation of the performance or design
- A creative log
- An evaluation
AS Unit 2: Text in Theatre Written Examination: 1 hour 30 minutes
16% of the qualification. Open book: A series of questions based on A View from the Bridge by Arthur Miller.
A Level (the above plus a further 2 Units)
A2 Unit 3: Text in Action
Non-exam assessment, externally assessed by a visiting examiner, 36% of the qualification. You’ll create, develop and perform as either an actor or designer:
- A devised piece using the techniques and working methods of either an influential theatre practitioner or a recognised theatre company
- An extract from a text in a different style chosen by you
You’ll present your performance live for a visiting examiner. For those choosing design, you’ll give a non-assessed 5-10 minute presentation of your design to the examiner. You must produce a process and evaluation report within one week of completion of the practical work.
A2 Unit 4: Text in Performance - Written Examination: 2 hours 30 minutes
24% of the qualification. Open book: Two questions, based on two different texts: A Day in the Death of Joe Egg by Peter Nichols or The Radicalisation of Bradley Manning by Tim Price and Sweeney Todd by Stephen Sondheim. Please be prepared to attend several theatre visits throughout the course.
Upon completion of the course, you’ll achieve:
- AS Level Drama and Theatre Studies
- A Level Drama and Theatre Studies
- Skills Activities
- English and Maths
What is expected of me?
To enter this course, you’ll need a minimum of 5 GCSEs. Grade C or above, to include Maths/Maths Numeracy or Grade B in English/Welsh First Language
Full commitment to attendance is required, as is respect for others, enthusiasm for the subject and self-motivation. You’ll be continually assessed and there is an expectation that you’ll continue your studies and coursework during your own time.
What comes next?
Students can progress onto Higher Education or a career in Performing Arts.
All costs are under review and subject to change.
Have any questions or are not sure if this is the right course for you?
Call 01495 333 777 to speak to our Student Recruitment team
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