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Key Stage 5 Drama

Key Stage 5

Course Information 2015-2017

At AS/A2 we offer AQA Drama and Theatre Studies.

The units of study for AS Level are:
• Unit 1 – Live theatre production and assessment of a prescribed play.

In this unit, students are required to write a personal response to various aspects of live theatre seen during the course.  Students also study a set text from the point of view of an actor, director or a designer taking into onsideration the potential effectiveness for an audience, and the social and historical context of the play, as well as its period and genre.
• Unit 2 - Presentation of an extract of a play

In this unit, students are required to work in groups to present, for an audience, an extract from a published play of their choice. The work in this unit can be of students’ free choice as long as it represents a different period to that studied in Unit 1, this work must also reflect the work of a ‘Drama Practioner’ or Recognised Director or Designer.

The units of study for A2 Level are:
• Unit 3 – Further Prescribed Plays including Pre-Twentieth Century

Students are required to answer questions on each of the two set plays. They are required to focus on an interpretation of the plays from a performance perspective and demonstrate a creative overview of the chosen play.

• Unit 4 – Presentation of Devised Drama
Students are required to work in groups to present, for an audience, a devised drama performed in the theatrical style of their choice.  Students nominate a specific theatre skill on which they will be assessed. Students are also required to provide supporting notes which give evidence of their research and dramatic intentions.

Useful Websites
http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/drama/a-level
http://www.thestage.co.uk/
http://www.theatrenet.com/