Theatre is the story that humankind tells itself. It is our collective memory as well as our way of exploring who we are and where we are heading. We have told this story for over 2500 years and continue to tell it in new forms every day.
This course is designed to allow students to continually improve their interests in drama as practitioners and investigators of theatrical context and genre. Classical and contemporary performance technique is developed alongside of critical thinking and theory related to the function and purpose of drama. Every year there are trips to a variety of productions, such as The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (RWCMD), alternative theatrical venues, and there is access to London trips enhance and expand understanding of material encountered.
The course encourages students to attend as many live performances as possible through out their time on the programme. The students are fully intergrated into the performing arts department and have the opportunity to be involved in extra curricular sessions, workshops and productions
The course is active, practical, thought-provoking and, above all, enjoyable, as it allows students the opportunity to carry out practical work in a realistic environment as well as classwork. It develops our students skills within the context of World Theatre through the study of plays, their interpretation and the means of bringing them alive from the page to the stage
The course adds a Welsh dimension by the study or performance of Anglo-Welsh playwrights through practical work in English
A Levels provide an excellent basis for progression to Higher level qualifications such as degrees or Higher National Diplomas in either University or Drama School. There are a number of careers directly related to Drama including: Actor, Stage Manager, Arts Administrator, Drama Teacher, Drama Therapist or Production jobs. Other careers where the skills developed through drama might be useful would include Community Work, Journalism or Creative Writing, Marketing and Sales, Media and Law.
Additionally, Drama is a wonderful accompaniment for those pursuing pathways related to English, History, Politics, Law and Psychology.
2018 - 100% A* - C; 80% A* - B
AS Unit 1: THEATRE WORKSHOP,
AS Unit 2: TEXT IN THEATRE,
A2 Unit 3: TEXT IN ACTION,
A2 Unit 4: TEXT IN PERFORMANCE
Unit 1: THEATRE WORKSHOP: 24% coursework accompanied by a creative log and an evaluation.
Unit 2: TEXT IN THEATRE: 16% written exam.
Unit 3: TEXT IN ACTION: 36% coursework which will include a process and evaluation report.
Unit 4: TEXT IN PERFORMANCE: 24% written exam.
Normally students 16 - 19 years of age will require a minimum of 6 GCSEs at grades A* - C.
6 GCSEs C or above including English Language and/or English Literature.
Students must also show evidence of an enthusiasm for Drama and English. Entry for mature students without formal qualifications is at the discretion of the Faculty.