Increasing Confidence And Communication Skills

Why Study Theatre Studies?

Theatre Studies is a popular subject as it complements many others, particularly the Arts and Humanities subjects. Even if pupils are not planning on studying Theatre Studies beyond A-Level, it not only broadens knowledge of and deepens an interest in theatre, but can also increase confidence, communication skills and encourage analytical discussion.

Experience or knowledge of theatre is not an essential entry requirement, but pupils wishing to take the subject should be creative and have the ability to use their imagination.

What is Covered by the Course?

Every effort is made for the course to be as creative and as practical as possible. It is also important to create a healthy group dynamic and consequently a supportive, nurturing environment.

AS:

Component 1 – Exploration and Performance

Pupils explore a text practically and theoretically. They are taught to explore the interrelationship between performance text and influential theatre practitioners. Pupils work as a group on a selected play, as a performers or designers, and perform their piece. They are also required to prepare either a monologue or a duologue. Their practical performances are performed in front of an invited audience, in a professional working theatre. Throughout this unit pupils make notes on their development of ideas etc. and create a portfolio of work, which is also assessed.

Component 2 – Theatre Makers in Practice

Pupils explore a selected complete performance text as theatre makers and consider how it might be realised from ‘page to stage’. Pupils also attend many live theatre performances, that they interpret, analyse and evaluate. Being in the heart of London means that pupils can easily access a wealth of theatre from Fringe to the West End. The course tutor helps the pupils develop a variety of dramatic and theatrical skills, enabling them to grow creatively, critically and imaginatively.

A-Level

The focus is on practical work which reflects 21st-century theatre practice and develops pupils’ skills that support progression to further study of drama and a wide range of subjects. The components are designed to engage students and encourage creativity:

Component 1 – Devising

Pupils work in a group, as either a performer or a designer, to create a piece of exciting theatre, linked to a selected extract and practitioner. They perform their work to an invited audience in a professional theatre. Pupils are also assessed on their portfolio, which explores the development of their ideas and research.

Component 2 – Text in Performance

Pupils work in a group on an extract from a selected play, as either a performer or a designer. They also perform a monologue/duologue or design a realisation from a different performance text.

Component 3 – Theatre Makers in Practice

Pupils are required to answer a question on live theatre, for which they can refer to notes, and two different plays, linking one with a practitioner. When exploring the texts students do so practically and take notes, which can be revisited for their exam.

How is it Examined?

AS:

Component 1 – Exploration and Performance

Internally assessed and externally moderated; 96 marks; 60% of the qualification.

Component 2 – Theatre Makers in Practice

Pupils are required to answer 1 question on a play they have seen. They are allowed to refer to notes. They must also answer 2 questions from a play that they have studied in depth.

Written exam; 48 marks; 40% of the qualification.

A-Level:

Component 1 – Devising

Internally assessed and externally moderated; 80 marks; 40% of the qualification.

Component 2 – Text in Performance

Assessed by a visiting examiner; 60 marks; 20% of the qualification.

Component 3 – Theatre Makers in Practice

Written exam; 80 marks; 40% of the qualification.

Related University Courses and Careers?

Drama not only helps students to obtain acting skills, but also listening and communication skills, which are vital for academic life and many subsequent careers. As our pupils grow in confidence, they learn to analyse performances critically and give and receive constructive feedback. For example, pupils are invited to study and critically assess the work of established theatre practitioners such as Stanislavski and Brecht, in order that they gain knowledge and understanding of how drama communicates to an audience.

Theatre Studies works well with all Arts and Humanities subjects and any field where communication skills are important.