Component 1: Devising
You will work in a group of up to six people to create an original performance for a public audience, using an existing text (‘Attempts on Her Life’ by Martin Crimp) as stimuli and the methodologies of a key theatre practitioner (Complicite). This is accompanied by a 3000 word piece of coursework that documents your journey and evaluation of the project. Internally assessed and externally moderated.
Component 2: Text in Performance
You will work in a group of up to six people to rehearse and perform an extended extract from a published play, alongside rehearsing and performing a monologue, also from a published play. Performances are to a public audience and a visiting examiner. Externally assessed.
Component 3: Theatre Makers in Practice
You will practically and theoretically explore two set texts (‘Equus’ by Peter Shaffer and ‘Lysistrata’ by Aristophanes), making decisions about performance and design elements. You will also investigate the original performance conditions for each, including those of Ancient Greek theatre and society. You will also visit the theatre regularly to analyse and evaluate live performance. All work for this Component is assessed through a two and a half hour examination at the end of the course.
Most lessons have a practical focus and take place in the College’s drama studio, however more traditional classroom based lessons are part of the course. You will be expected to maintain a Drama Diary, and to complete regular research and reflections on your work. The ability to work well as part of a group is an essential requirement for this course.
Your progress will be regularly be assessed through contributions to practical work, written assignments and in-class tests as well the final assessment methods for each Component (above).
University, Higher Education study
For this course, it is expected that you complete at least four hours a week homework. You must also be prepared to attend the theatre visits that are an essential part of the course, as well as attend additional rehearsals for Components 1 and 2. These can include some evenings, weekends and during holidays. Students often meet each other in their own time to run scenes for practical work.
Creative Arts, Theatre
GCSE Drama is desirable, but not essential; we understand that sometimes it is not possible to take GCSE Drama at school. You will need strong written skills, so a Grade 6/7 (B) in GCSE English Language is necessary. Whilst being an incredibly fun and active course, A Level Drama and Theatre also requires hard work and a high level of commitment so you will need a good deal of confidence and bounds of imagination!
GCSE English Language must be a grade B / 6-7 and candidates should have at least grade B / 6-7 results in related subjects; eg – History, Sociology, English Literature.
GCSE grade C / 4 or above.
Students must provide their own pens, pencils and stationery, all other equipment will be provided.
To be eligible for free meals you must be enrolled on a full time course, funded by the EFA and you or your parents must be in receipt of one or more of the following benefits:
All applicants will be required to provide evidence dated within four months of the application, showing that they are in receipt of a qualifying benefit.
A student is only eligible to receive a free meal when they, or their parent/ guardian have made a successful application to City of Westminster College.
Students aged between 19 and 24 on 31st August 2015 who are subject to a Learning Disability Assessment (LDA) or Education Health and Care Plan (EHC Plan) are entitled to a free meal if they meet the eligibility criteria.
Students must attend their classes to continue to be eligible for free meals at College.
Students will be allocated £2.50 for each day they are timetabled to be in college. There is no cash alternative. Credits will be loaded onto the Student ID card. Students must have their College ID card to get their meal. Students cannot get a meal with temporary ID cards.
Credits not spent at the end of each day will be withdrawn.
Students are advised to purchase nutritious meals. The credits cannot be spent on items such as: cookies, cakes, fizzy drinks or confectionary.
All our Further Education (FE) courses (Entry to Level 3) are free to EU residents who are under 19 years old on the 31st August 2018. For a few courses you may be expected to contribute towards the cost of specialist materials and resources. However, depending on your circumstances, you may be eligible for financial help from the College’s Learner Support Fund. You should apply for any such financial support as soon as you have been offered a place. If you are aged 19 or over on 31st August 2018 and you are a UK/EU resident you will normally be required to pay a course fee.
The cost of your course will include tuition fees and examination fees, where applicable. Where a course requires additional specialist materials, there may be an additional cost. Some courses are cheaper than others because they are part funded by the government; some of these courses may also attract concessionary fees for some people.
If you are aged 19+ or over and studying a Level 3 course, you may be eligible for an Advanced Learning Loan. To be eligible for this loan, you must have been living continuously in the UK for 3 years immediately before the start date of your course. You must also be undertaking a course of study that is at Level 3 or above, e.g. National Diploma/Certificate etc. For more information click here.
Concessionary rates are now available for learners that meet the following criteria:
If you are on a low income you may be eligible for financial support towards tuition fees from the Discretionary Learner Support Fund.
For further information click here.
Care to learn - childcare support for young people aged 16-20
If you are aged under 20 at the beginning of your course, or moving to the 2nd year of a level 3 course, and are caring for your own child you may be entitled to £175.00 maximum per week, per child through Care to Learn.
Please ensure you register on the Care to Learn website even if you haven’t chosen your childcare provider or the course you want to study. Once you have registered Care to Learn will confirm financial support in principle.
For further details and help with making an application please visit https://www.gov.uk/care-to-learn or speak to a Student Advisor.
If you are aged 20+ when you start a course and need financial support to help with the cost of childcare while you study the college may be able to help.
You will be required to make use of any government NEF or 2+ Funding before requesting any financial support from the college.
It is essential that you speak to a Student Advisor prior to enrolling on a course to discuss your personal circumstances, childcare needs and to find out if there are funds available.
Eligibility for help with childcare costs is based on your personal circumstances.
You need to have evidence that you meet general discretionary Learner Support Funds or 19+ Advanced Learning Loan bursary fund criteria:
All childcare applicants approved for funding will be required to sign our Terms & Conditions and MUST inform the College immediately should they stop attending lessons for any reason.Email firstname.lastname@example.org to put your name on the childcare waiting list. You MUST speak to a member of the Student Advice or Learner Services team before you enrol on a course.
The Education Funding Authority has allocated money to colleges to support students who are on low incomes or the dependent of parents on a low income, and need support towards their course-related costs or essential living costs or are facing financial difficulty.
For further information click here.For further information on financial support for Looked after Children, Care Leavers and estranged young people, click here.