Theatre Studies

Drama in Year 12 is focused on covering the core content and skills required for the EDUQAS A Level Drama and Theatre course. The teaching of the course will be split between 2 teachers, each of whom will teach approximately 50% of the course, meaning that during the first two terms, students will be studying two separate schemes of learning concurrently.

Students must develop strong collaborative relationships with their peers and become independent, self-motivated team members who take ownership of their own roles within the creative process.

Autumn Term:

Teacher 1:           The first of the 3 set texts will be introduced and explored. Students will explore the text as actors, designers and directors through a range of practical and design-based activities which will imbue students with the necessary knowledge and understanding to answer Component 3 written exam questions. There will be the opportunity to perform an extract from set text as an assessed mock Component 2 exam (scripted element).

Teacher 2:           This unit will explore the theories and practices of two important practitioners, which will be discovered through the reinterpretation of script extracts from dynamic and significant play texts (relating to Component 1 of the A Level). After becoming familiar with practitioner theory, students will devise a piece of original theatre using a stimulus and their choice of practitioner, which will lead to an assessed Component 2 performance (devised element).

There will be at least one live theatre experience during the Autumn term.

Spring Term:

Teacher 1:           This unit will introduce the theories and practices of two further important practitioners, which will also be explored through the reinterpretation of script extracts from additional play texts (relating to Component 1 of the A Level). After becoming familiar with practitioner theory, students will again devise a piece of original theatre using a stimulus and their choice of practitioner, which will lead to an assessed Component 2 performance (devised element).

Teacher 2:           The second of the 3 set texts will be introduced and explored. Students will again explore the text as actors, designers and directors through a range of practical and design-based activities which will equip students with the necessary knowledge and skills to attempt Component 3 written exam questions. There will be the opportunity to perform an extract from set text as an assessed mock Component 2 exam (scripted element).

There will be at least one live theatre experience during the Spring term.

Summer Term:

The first half of the Summer term will be spent exploring the third set text, which is compulsorily The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon, adapted by Simon Stephens. The method of study will be very similar to the approach used for the other two set texts, and should mean that students are fully equipped to attempt a full Component 3 exam paper (2.5 hours) by the end of the school year.

The second half of the Summer Term will be run as a mock of the complete Component 2 exam, comprising:

  • a group devised-from-stimulus piece (using just one of the practitioners studied in the previous two terms) AND
  • a scripted piece in a contrasting style PLUS
  • an evaluative report of the work produced