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St Albans Girls' School

Drama

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 The Department

Curriculum Leader: Mrs S. Reinhold

Key Stage 3

Drama is taught to all students in Years 7, 8 & 9 for one hour per week and provides an introduction to the skills and knowledge required for further study.

Students will develop creative expression and communication skills, the ability to take part in co-operative group work and the develop their confidence through performance, as well as a love of the subject. Students are assessed every half term to consolidate learning and monitor progress.


GCSE

Exam Board: Edexcel

Specification Number: 1DR0

Component Content Assessment

Component One:

Devising (40% of qualification)

Students explore stimuli in a group, developing ideas, rehearsing and refining these to create a devised piece of theatrefor an assessed performance. The stimuli are a free choice for centres. Students record the creation and development process of this group performance in a portfolio and evaluate their contribution to the process and the performance. Participation in group-devised performance as a performer or designer. Individual portfolio.

Component Two:

Performance from text (20% of qualification)

Students explore two extracts from one play text, this text must be from a contrasting time period to their Component 3 set text. It must also be by a different playwright and a different genre. Students create a performance from the text, rehearsing and refining their performance/ design realisations for an externally assessed performance. Performance in/design realisation of two key extracts from a performance text. Each of the extract performances is assessed independently. Students participate as a designer/ performer and may submit a monologue, duologue or group piece for each extract.
Component Three: Theatre Makers in Practice (40% of qualification) Students practically explore a chosen set text. This can come from either List A (pre-1954) or List B (post-2000). Text studied: Blue Stockings: Jessica Swale. Students are audience members for a live performance. They make and refine notes on the performance. They practice responding to questions for both sections in examination conditions. Written examination:1.5 hours Section A – Bringing texts to life Section B – Live theatre evaluation (students can take in 500 words of notes)

A Level

Exam Board: Edexcel

Specification Number: 9DR0

Course Content:

When choosing Drama, students will be challenged through the themes and issues highlighted in the plays they are studying.  Students will also be expected to take risks during practical explorations and rehearsals.  Regular theatre visits are offered throughout the course and by analysing and evaluating what they have seen, students will get inspiration for their self devised and set text performances as well as evaluating a performance for examination purposes. The course is structured to balance written work and practical work to help support students to succeed in both the written and practical exam.

 Students will study a number of different plays which will provide an insight into how theatre practitioners, playwrights and designers work.

Component Content Assessment

Component One:

Devising (40% of qualification)

As a stimulus students explore one key extract from a script and a theatre practitioner. In a group they develop ideas, rehearse and refine these to create a devised piece of theatre for an assessed performance. The text stimulus and practitioner is a free choice for centres. Students record the creation and development process of this group performance in a portfolio and evaluate their contribution to the process and the performance. Participation in group-devised performance as a performer or designer. Individual portfolio.

Component Two:

Performance from text (20% of qualification)

Students explore and perform/ design a key extract from a play text. Students rehearse and refine their performance/ design realisations for an externally assessed performance. As well as this students perform/design either a monologue or a duologue. The text must be different from the other performance text. Performance in/design realisation of the key extract and the monologue/ duologue from a performance text. Each of the extract performances are assessed independently. Students participate as  designers or performers.
Component Three: Theatre Makers in Practice (40% of qualification) Section A: Students are audience members for a live performance. They make and refine notes on the performance.

Section B: Students practically explore the chosen set text: Machinal by Sophie Treadwell. 

Section C: Students practically explore the contrasting set text: Lysistrata by Aristophanes in light of the theatre practitioner Brecht. Students will create their re-imagined production concept to communicate their ideas to a contemporary audience. Students practice responding to questions for all sections in examination conditions

Written examination: 2.5 hours Section A – Live Theatre Evaluation. Students answer one question from a choice of two (students can take in 500 words of notes).

Section B – Page to Stage: Realising a Performance Text. Students answer 2 questions from the perspective of a performer and a designer.

Section C – Interpreting a Performance Text. Students answer one question from a choice of two

Why Drama & Theatre Studies at St Albans Girls’ School?

This course is taught by experienced and skilled drama practitioners, with experience in the world of both Theatre and Performance. Participants become skilled performers, writers and directors and develop a wide knowledge of current and challenging issues in society.

Expectations of students:

GCSE Drama will be an advantage, but it is not essential.  Visits to a wide variety of theatre performances are a requirement for this course.  Most of these take place in the evenings to avoid missing lessons in other subjects.  Each visit will cost approximately £30-£40.  Students must attend theatre visits, rehearsals and examination preparation sessions outside of normal lessons.  Students are expected to complete weekly home learning tasks related to the work completed in class.

What websites are recommended?

Edexcel

What skills are recommended?

Students taking A-Level Drama require both performance, analytical and evaluative skills and, of course, a love of the theatre!

Career Paths:

As well as for continuing the subject to a higher level students have found Drama to be a valuable qualification for any subject requiring communication skills. The creative skills acquired are also easily transferable to a range of subjects and future employment.

An A Level in Drama is beneficial to all professions such as Medicine (Doctor and Nurse), Teaching, Social Work, Therapist, Civil Service, Law, Government and Politics, Journalism, Business, Advertising, Marketing, Retail, Hospitality & Catering and  Media.

The Creative Arts Industries are one of the biggest and most successful industries in the UK and an A Level in Drama can lead to a wide ranging career in TV, Film and Theatre including:

Actor, Director, Casting Director, Stage Manager, TV Floor Manager, Designer (set, costume, lighting, sound), Location Manager, Scenic Artist, Hair and Make-up Artist, Costume Maker/Dresser, Press & Publicity Officer, Marketing Officer, TV Presenter, Script Writer/Editor, Film Editor, Arts Administrator, Theatre Producer and Arts Journalist.

Get in touch

Mr P O'Neill, Business Manager

Sandridgebury Lane

St Albans

Hertfordshire

AL3 6DB

01727 853134