The Visual & Performing Arts

Key Stage 5 Drama & Theatre Studies

Do you have you a passion for performance? Would you like an insight into the wonderful diversity of theatre? If so, this course is for you. You will learn to analyse, interpret and create imaginative, stylish and effective theatre whilst developing as a competent theatre practitioner.

This A Level is a practical course with drama and theatre at its heart, underpinned by rigorous academic standards. It is an active and creative course which aims to nurture your enthusiasm for and interest in theatre, as a theatre-maker, critic, analyst and as an audience member. It features contemporary practitioners, and assesses understanding and knowledge through devised and scripted rehearsal and performance, and a written paper.

Unit 1: Devising
You will be assessed on the rehearsal process, performance and detailed written portfolio of 2,500 to 3,000 words. Over several weeks you will devise an original, assured, ensemble piece of performance drama connecting theory and practice in exciting and imaginative ways using an extract of a published text as stimulus. This will contribute 40% to your final grade.

Unit 2: Text in Performance
You will practically explore, rehearse and perform an extract as a group from a published text and perform a monologue from a contrasting second text. You will be assessed on vocal and physical skills, characterisation and communication, and interpretation and intention. This will be assessed through a public performance examined by a moderator and will contribute 20% to your final grade.

Unit 3: Theatre Makers in Practice
This unit will be assessed through a written, 150 minute exam, contributing 40% to your final grade. The exam will be in three sections:
- An evaluation of a live theatre performance
- Two extended essays from an actor’s perspective informed by practical workshops and research exploring key elements of a first set text
- One extended essay from a director’s perspective demonstrating a re-visioned performance concept for a modern audience of a second set text, informed by practical workshops and research, illuminated by the work of a chosen theatre practitioner and a detailed understanding of the performance text in its original performance conditions.

Future Study and Career Opportunities
An A Level in Drama/Theatre Studies will open doors for any drama or theatre-based Higher Education courses.
As well as facilitating careers directly in relation to the course content in fields including Acting, Theatre/Stage Management, Theatre Technical Design, Events Coordination and Theatre/Stage Management, an A Level in Drama will give you the transferable skills that support wider career opportunities.

Key Stage 5 Music and Music Technology

A Level Music is a subject which will allow you to further develop the listening, composing and performing skills that you will have acquired through studying GCSE Music.

Component 1: Performing (30%)
Final Performance of 10-12 minutes (solo or ensemble or both) of Grade 6 standard – Non Examined Coursework marked by external examiner.

Component 2: Composing (30%)
Two compositions; the first will be a free choice and the second will be to a chosen brief (non-examined assessment (NEA)).

Component 3: Appraising (40%)
Covering two to four set works and three areas of study: listening; analysis and essay writing. You will be assessed through a 2.5 hour exam.
To fulfil your potential at A Level Music it is essential that you are regularly involved within the school’s extra-curricular activities and musical performance opportunities in the wider community.

Future Study and Career Opportunities
A Level Music & Music Technology can lead to a variety of degree courses in Higher Education ranging from Pop, Music and Production to Performance.
Career opportunities open to you following an A Level in this subject include Session Work, Entertainment, Arts, Journalism, Film Music Composition, Advertising and Media.

Key Stage 5 Media Studies

Media Studies allows you to experience a dynamic and exciting journey covering multiple aspects of 21st Century Media.

There is a strong focus on analysis and creativity, with editing on state-of-the-art Apple Mac machines. The course allows students the opportunity to explore the cultural and societal impact of various media forms with insights into the marketing and industry of media platforms.

This course reflects the growing importance of media studies as a subject. The mix of theoretical and practical work will give you the flexibility to choose topics and interests including video games, radio, television, publishing and film. Lessons will be based in our fantastic and well-equipped media suite.

Component 1:
A 2-hour written exam worth 35% of your final grade. The focus is upon news and online media and the media language and representations in magazines, advertising and music videos.

Component 2:
A 2-hour written exam worth 35% of your final grade. Analyse media industries and audiences through radio, video games and film. Analyse the impact and evolution of television in modern society.

Component 3:
Coursework element, worth 30% of your final grade.
Create a cross-media product based on a set brief.

Future Study and Career Opportunities
Further/Higher Education opportunities include Media Production, Information Technology, Design and Social Science.
The course is very popular and is a superb stepping stone to careers in Journalism, Film and Cinematography, Advertising, Sound and Lighting or Photography.


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