LEVEL: A Level – Linear

EXAM BOARD: Edexcel

WHY CHOOSE MUSIC?
Many students who study Music in Sixth Form do so in order to continue their passion for the subject at university or conservatoire level in the pursuit of fulfilling professional careers as performers or composers, or indeed in order to train as a Music teacher at primary or secondary level. However, there are also many students who take the subject due to a passion for music either through performing or composing and they find this subject complements their other studies, for example Music and Maths or Physics surprisingly go together very well!
You should absolutely consider studying Music at A Level if you are regularly playing your instrument and have either passed or are of a similar standard to Grade 5 or above. Taking GCSE Music is not a pre-requisite but can help in terms of music theory and general understanding.
Music is a well-recognised, highly employable subject to have on your CV, showing future employers that you have the skills and discipline required to study this academic course. There are plenty of opportunities for you to further develop your performing skills alongside class opportunities. For example you can perform in the extra-curricular groups at Stratton such as string group, concert band and vocal group. In addition there are concerts and school events which allow you to develop your skills in performing to an audience, for example the annual school Prizegiving evening and Departmental concerts.

AIMS OF THE COURSE
You develop confidence, performance and compositional study, as well as traditional harmony so you can develop composition writing. You will also work on listening and analytical skills to recognise key changes, chords and key features of music, including how to analyse music in detail.

WHAT WILL I STUDY?
This is a two year course and you will be assessed on all units during the summer of the second year.  The units are as follows:
Unit 1: Performing – a public recital lasting around 10 minutes on your chosen instrument(s).
Unit 2: Composing – two compositions; one in response to a brief set by the exam board, one free composition of your choice.
Unit 3: Appraising – a 2 hour listening exam which assesses your understanding of musical language and contexts.  The 6 areas of study for this paper consist of Vocal Music, Instrumental (“classical”) Music, Music for Film, Popular Music and Jazz, Fusions and New Directions (contemporary ‘Art’ music).  Some pieces of music from these areas include a selection of Bach’s Cantatas, Clara Schuman’s Piano Trio in G minor, Danny Elfman’s Batman score, tracks from Courtney Pine’s innovative album Back in the Day, Anoushka Shankar’s Breathing Under Water and Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring.

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?
Performance – 30%
Composing – 30%
Appraising – 40%

WHERE CAN IT LEAD?
Studying Music can not only lead to further education in Music, it is also a good accompanying subject, highlighting creativity and commitment. Studying Music can lead to careers as a teacher, performer, composer, conductor or music librarian. It is also a desirable subject for those applying for graduate schemes as it involves academia, creativity and group interaction.

LEVEL: A Level – Linear

EXAM BOARD: Edexcel

WHY CHOOSE DRAMA AND THEATRE?
Drama encompasses a study of human life as we all enquire about the world around us.
Studying theatre develops your skill on many levels including artistic, intellectual and social development. You will explore the world around you, engaging in ethical and social issues that will challenge you. You will explore the world of theatre, experimenting with many styles and forms of theatre that will challenge and entertain audiences.
Your work will encompass modern and traditional theatre in devised and scripted work. This course will enable all to broaden their acting skills as well as communication and analytical skills. This course is suitable for all wanting to pursue an acting career or broaden their curriculum.

AIMS OF THE COURSE
In this course you will develop performance & production skills through drama & theatre. You will develop practical & theoretical aspects interpreting plays from different periods & genres and making critical & evaluative judgements of live theatre. This course offers both practical and theory elements of theatre.

WHAT WILL I STUDY?
AS
Unit 1 – Exploration of Drama & Theatre. You will look at two contrasting plays & analyse them to develop understanding of how plays can be interpreted & realised into a performance.
Unit 2 – Theatre Text in Performance – this unit focuses on performance skills. You will perform a monologue & a group piece.
A2
Unit 3 – Exploration of Dramatic Performance – This is about the creation of an original piece of theatre. You follow the process of working as a professional theatre company to develop & perform your own piece of theatre.
Unit 4 – Theatre Text in Context – You will study one set text & a historical play in context. You will analyse plays & create your own directorial vision for the play whilst evaluating a live performance of a historical play.

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?
AS – Internal Moderation
External Moderation
A2 – Internal Moderation
Written Exam

WHERE CAN IT LEAD?
education study in Theatre Studies, Directing, Screen Writing, and is relevant to careers in Teaching, Coaching, Backstage Work, Acting, Directing.

LEVEL: A Level – Linear

EXAM BOARD: AQA

WHY CHOOSE DANCE?
Our students choose A Level Dance because they have a passion for dance or performing, and most commonly as a progression to GCSE Dance although this is not a pre-requisite. The course is challenging, both academically and physically and will demand resilience and perseverance from all students. There is a large emphasis on practical work across a range of dance styles, and improving your own fitness and skills as a performer. We promote a culture of students taking a responsibility for their own exercise programmes, managing rehearsals and evaluating progress against their own goals. You will learn about effective and safe dance training and apply this to your own work both in and out of lessons. Our students develop a sense of individuality and creativity throughout the course as their choreographic work should be a personal response to the stimulus set by the exam board. We encourage leadership and teaching at Dance Clubs to inspire confidence among our sixth form and practice managing dancers ahead of creating their own choreographies. Performance opportunities are created throughout the course and an essential part of developing confidence and experience. Students study the repertoire of many professional choreographers which further informs their own dance practice. We explore a range of dance techniques practically and critically analyse different styles in order to understand the development of dance over time. A Level Dance is crucial for those who wish to embark on vocational or indeed degree level dance courses. However many students study A Level Dance for the love of the subject, and to develop their own skills as a choreographer or performer.

AIMS OF THE COURSE
To appeal to students of all abilities, and equip them with a wide range of skills and knowledge
To encourage students to develop their creative, physical, emotional and intellectual capacity
To reflect both current and historical dance practices, making it more relevant to students

WHAT WILL I STUDY?

A Level Dance is taught in three strands: Performance, Choreography and Appreciation. The Performance strand incorporates dancing in both a solo and quartet. The material for performance is jointly arranged by the students and teacher. Students will choreograph a group dance to answer a question from a pre-release paper set by AQA. Students will examine two set works prescribed by AQA in preparation for the written exam. Rooster by Christopher Bruce will be studied in the context of Rambert Dance Company, and Sutra by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui is covered within the Independent Contemporary Dance Scene in Britain, 2000-current.

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?
Component 1: Performance & Choreography (50%) Non Exam Assessment (NEA); external assessor (80 marks).
Performance (25%) is comprised of the solo performance linked to a chosen practitioner (20 marks) and the performance in a quartet in a contemporary, ballet or jazz dance style (20 marks)
Choreography (25%) is a group choreography which answers one of the three questions set by AQA (40 marks)
Component 2: Appreciation (50%) Assessed by an External Exam; 1hr 30 written paper (80 marks)
Section A (25%) includes short-answer questions (25 marks) and one essay-style question (25 marks) on the compulsory set work
Section B (25%) includes two essay-style questions on the second set work (25 marks each)

TRIPS/ VISITS:
The Dance Department aim to provide each student with an opportunity to see at least one live performance that relates to their course, normally at a cost of approximately £20. We also host workshops run by outside agencies for students to experience different techniques and movement styles which aid them in performance and choreography.

EQUIPMENT/ SUGGESTED READING:
Suitable dancewear is required for all practical lessons – please see HOD for guidance if required (variable)
Essential Guide to Dance by Linda Ashley (£15-20)

FACILITIES:
The Dance Studio and sound equipment will be available to students at lunchtimes and free periods where possible but will also be accessible for after school rehearsals by arrangement. Students are encouraged to attend lunchtime sessions to support the learning of class material or after school sessions if students require 1:1 support/catch up.  Many resources are available from YouTube but students are welcomed to watch departmental DVDs during free periods where necessary.

WHERE CAN IT LEAD?
This course enables students to develop performance and choreography skills suitable for further study in vocational settings as well as in degree level courses at university. Students study anatomy and gain a sound understanding of the dancer in action from training programmes, injury prevention and nutrition inspiring interest in careers such as yoga instruction, physiotherapist, dance leader, dance in the community and disability dance.  The knowledge covered in theory lessons covers basic knowledge of lighting design, costume and set design, the role of the camera and appreciation of different musical accompaniment.  There are many career options for combinations of such disciplines within the remit of dance production.  Other dance relate careers include dance historian, critic and work in different forms of notation.

SUCCESSES:
We retain 25-30% of the Year 11 cohort to study Dance at A Level. A number of students each year continue their Dance studies at local colleges and universities such as University of Surrey, Guildford. Currently an ex-student is performing for a company called Chrysalis, London and another is completing a BA (hons) Degree this year at ALRA – The Academy of Live and Recorded Arts

LEVEL: A Level – Linear

EXAM BOARD: OCR

WHY CHOOSE ART AND DESIGN?
A Level Art and Design provides students the opportunity to develop a broad range of Art and Design skills that could lead to further education. The course offers students the opportunity to explore practical, critical and contextual work through a range of 2D and or 3D processes and media.

WHAT WILL I STUDY?
Students complete three small projects exploring different media and themes before specialising in a discipline of their choice. This part of the course offers students the opportunity to build a range of skills often required before starting a Higher Education course.

STUDENTS SHOULD ELECT TO FOCUS ON A SINGLE SPECIALISM CHOOSING FROM:
Painting And Drawing, Photography, Textiles
OR a combined choice of 2 of the above

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?
Personal Investigation – 60%
This will include a portfolio of work showing a personal response to a starting point, brief, scenario or stimulus.
AND A related study: an extended response of a guided minimum of 1000-3000 words.

Externally Set Task – 40%
This will start on the 1st February in the final year of the course, and will provide students with a number of themes. Students produce a response based on one of these options.
Students are expected to visit galleries and studios independently as well as part of the school organised visits.

STUDENTS MAY ALSO ELECT TO FOCUS ON A SINGLE SPECIALISM INCLUDING: PAINTING AND DRAWING, PHOTOGRAPHY OR TEXTILES.