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Coleg Sir Gâr Carmarthenshire College

GCE A Level Drama

Coleg Sir Gâr Carmarthenshire College
In Llanelli ()

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Typology A Level
  • A Level
Description

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 headed.  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 both as practical practitioners and as 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. Over the course of two years, students will create and perform a variety of styles of drama as well as study the development of drama from the ancient Greeks to modern British writing.

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· Requirements

Normally students 16 - 19 years of age will require a minimum of 6 GCSEs at grades A* - C, one of which must be either GCSE Mathematics or GCSE English Language. 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.

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What you'll learn on the course

IT
Drama
Skills and Training
Theatre
Writing
Performance

Course programme

  • 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
  • The course allows students the opportunity to carry out practical work in a realistic environment as well as classwork
  • The course help place 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 follows a programme of study which involves: progression to both Higher Education and Employment; develops Key Skills; and allows students to gain confidence through independent learning skills
  • The course adds a Welsh dimension by the study or performance of Anglo-Welsh playwrights through practical work in English
  • The course helps students gain the knowledge, understanding and skills required to succeed in a whole range of activities

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.

Additional information

AS Unit 1: THEATRE WORKSHOP (24% of full qualification)

Learners study a theatre practitioner and use skills and techniques developed in performance.  Accompanied by a creative log and an evaluation.

AS Unit 2: TEXT IN THEATRE (16% of full qualification)

Textual analysis of a set text assessed through a written exam.

A2 Unit 3: TEXT IN ACTION (36% of full qualification)

Using the techniques of modern practitioners, learners will develop two performances for an external assessor (to be accompanied by a process and evaluation report).

A2 Unit 4: TEXT IN PERFORMANCE (24% of full qualification)

Textual analysis of two pieces of modern writing, assessed through a written exam


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