Performing Arts - BTEC Level 3 Diploma

Why choose A level Drama and Theatre Studies?

Cardinal Heenan has a growing reputation in the Performing Arts. The new school building has excellent Drama facilities which include two fully equipped performance spaces and large rehearsal spaces complete with industry standard lighting rigs. The school enjoys a close partnership with the Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse and the Empire theatre.

Students are encouraged to take part in master classes with practitioners, directors, actors and playwrights, see professional productions at local and national theatres and perform at Disneyland Paris or even on Broadway New York! The performing arts and media industries are vibrant and strong in the North West. A qualification in Drama can lead to employment in theatre, TV, education, stage managements, events management and costume design. It is also beneficial for anyone working in a people skills environment such as social work,  management and customer service areas.

What will I study and learn?

The AQA Drama and Theatre studies course aims to extend the knowledge, skills and understanding acquired at GCSE level. You will develop your knowledge of theatre practitioners, and their contribution to the development of modern day performance styles. There are three components which are Understanding Drama and Theatre throughout the Ages (written exam), Creating Original Drama (devising) and Marking Theatre (practical exam).

You will develop your theoretical knowledge of practitioners and theatre styles and apply your skills and knowledge in order to research, create and develop devised and scripted performances.

You will also sit a three hour written exam where you will be expected to write about two compulsory set texts from the perspective of a director, actor or designer and evaluate a live performance.

This course requires you to operate as a highly intellectual as well as a highly skilled performer.

How is the course assessed?

Component 1:
Drama and Theatre

  • Study of two set plays
  • Analysis and evaluation of live theatre makers
  • Knowledge and understanding of drama and theatre

How is it assessed?

  • Written exam: 3 hours
  • Open book
  • 80 marks
  • 40% of A level

Component 2:
Creating Original
Drama (practical)

  • Process of creating devised drama
  • Performance of devised drama
  • Devised piece must be influenced by the work and methodologies of one practitioner

How is it assessed?

  • Working note book (40 marks)
  • Devised performance (20 marks)
  • 60 marks in total
  • 30% of A-Level
  • Internally marked

Component 3:
Making Theatre (practical)

  • Practical exploration and interpretation of three extracts each taken from a different play
  • Methodology of a practitioner must be applied to one extract
  • Reflective report analysing and evaluating theatrical interpretation of all three extracts

How is it assessed?

  • Performance of extract 3 (40 marks)
  • Reflective report (20 marks)
  • 60 marks in total
  • 30% of A level
  • External examiner

Key Information

  • Level: A Level
  • Examination Board: AQA
  • Subject Leader: Miss D Jones
  • Course Leader: Miss D Jones
  • Entry Requirements: GCSE Grades A*- C in 5 subjects (Including Drama, English and Mathematics)

Student comment

"Drama helps develop a deep understanding of real life situations and allows you to experience what it's like to be in somebody else's shoes."

SIXTH FORM COURSES

A LEVEL

ART AND DESIGN
ART AND DESIGN (FINE ART)
ART AND DESIGN (PHOTOGRAPHY)
BIOLOGY
CHEMISTRY
ECONOMICS
ENGLISH LANGUAGE
ENGLISH LITERATURE
GEOGRAPHY
HISTORY
ICT APPLIED
MATHEMATICS
MEDIA STUDIES
MUSIC
MUSIC TECHNOLOGY
PHYSICAL EDUCATION
PSYCHOLOGY
PHYSICS
SOCIOLOGY
SPANISH

BTEC

PERFORMING ARTS
SPORT
SPORT (MIXED MARTIAL ARTS)

AQA

APPLIED BUSINESS