A Level Drama

A Level

Schemes of Learning

We follow the WJEC Drama and Theatre Studies specification, taught over 8 hours per fortnight during Year 12, and 8 or 9 hours per fortnight during Year 13. Rehearsals often take place at lunch time, after school and within school holidays. Theatre visits are also essential; these will take place during weekday evenings. Students will also need to be available for evening performances.

 

WJEC CBAC - GCE A/AS Drama & Theatre Studies

 

 

A2 Level Drama & Theatre Studies 

WJEC - Performance from set theme - practical module - 30% A2:

Students will work in a group to create a performance in response to the themes set by the examination board. Students will respond to the themes and research published plays. Ultimately, students will perform scenes/extracts from a published play created to meet a theatrical style of their choice. Students will also be required to devise a scene to link the play and the set theme together, using a different performance style which will highlight further performance skills. Students must write an evaluation document, under examination conditions, charting the skills they have developed during the module. This unit is assessed by an external examiner

 

*Please note – student are REQUIRED to commit to extra-curricular rehearsals.

 

 

Text in context - written module - 20% A2:

Students will study two set texts. They will discuss the play as a whole, exploring theatrical context, historical context, theatrical challenges in terms of action and production, plus their personal reaction to the text. The questions can be focused from the perspective of an actor, director or designer. Students must also analyse a piece of unseen text from a director's perspective. Students must consider the staging, design ideas, characterisation and character movements for the extract, as well as developing coherent and clear lighting and sound cues with justifications.

 

Uncle Vanya—Chekov

 

Threepenny Opera—Brecht.

 

This unit is assessed by examination and external examiner

 

 

AS Level Drama & Theatre Studies 

WJEC - Practical performance - practical module - 40% AS (20% A2)

Students will work in a group to create a performance which must carefully follow the guidelines of a practitioner that has been studied. The module performance will consist of a production piece extracted from a set text, which is set by the examination board and selected by the class teacher. Students must also develop a devised performance drama based on the ideas of the set text, using the style of a second practitioner. Previously, students have worked on 'In Camera' Jean-Paul Satre and 'A Night On The Tiles' Frank Vickery.

 

Practitioners include:

 

- Bertolt Brecht

 

- Constantin Stanislavski

 

- Steven Berkoff

 

Antonin Artaud

 

*Please note – student are REQUIRED to commit to extra-curricular rehearsals.

 

 

Text in performance - written module - 60% AS (30% A2):

Students study two set texts.

 

The first from Pre-1900s (Government Inspector—Gogal)

The second from Post-1900s (Blue Remembered Hills—Potter).

Students will prepare for an examination where they will be expected to be able to discuss how roles should be interpreted for the stage, atmosphere and staging potential, the historical context of the play, amongst other performance skills. Questions may be asked from the perspective of an actor, director or designer.

 

Students will also see live theatre during the course and will be expected to discuss one of the productions seen, in an analytical way, from the point of view of an audience member.