Drama and Theatre Studies will be taught at AS-Level only
The Drama/ Theatre Studies A-Level specification will be changing in September 2016. Please check the website; we will update information as soon as possible.
What does the course involve?
In broadest terms, the study of theatre as an active living medium as well as the academic study of dramatic texts and theatrical craft.
How will you learn?
Students can expect to be involved in practical workshops, improvisation, directing and discussion, alongside formal, sustained text based study. There will be visits to the theatre, encouraging students to develop critical skills.
What exams and coursework are involved?
A 3 hour written exam on knowledge and understanding of Drama and Theatre, including the study of two contrasting set play and analysis and evaluation of the work of live theatre makers. 80 marks- 40% of A level.
Creating Original Drama (devising) unit, including writing a Working notebook (40 marks) and the final performance (20 marks) giving 60 marks in total- 30 % of A-level
Performance of 3 extracts, each taken from a different play and inspired by different practitioners. Extract 3 is marked formally (40 marks) with an accompanying reflective report (20 marks). 60 marks- 30% of A level.
What are the entry requirements?
A willingness to participate freely in dramatic activities of all kinds, confidence in performance, a desire to work as part of a team, a passion for the Theatre and an interest in theatre-making, creativity and a commitment to academic study of texts. A 6 in English Language is needed.
What could you do after completing the course?
In addition to providing an obvious route into theatrical careers, the personal skills developed through this A level are immense and may be used to pursue a wide range of careers or higher education courses. Students increase in confidence, develop good teamwork skills and acquire analytical and interpretative skills through the practical content.