Drama and Theatre Studies
Arts, Media and Publishing
We are only accepting one application per candidate.
What will you be working towards?
||GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
This is a two year A Level course that has a performance, practice first based approach to all aspects of the course.
Over the two years you will explore the rehearsal and performance techniques of a range of theatre practitioners: directors, writers, devisors, actors, designers and companies in order to prepare you for your practical assessments and to help you develop a deep knowledge and understanding of the work of professional theatre makers and performers.
You will produce two practical performances. For the first performance, you will work in a group to devise an original piece of drama from a stimulus, using the techniques of one of the practitioners you have studied. For the second performance you will explore through practical workshops three extracts from three contrasting plays one of which you will choose to perform in front of a live audience. These practical explorations and performances will need to show the clear influence of a different practitioner.
You will study, using a practical, performance-based approach, two plays from a performance, design and analytical perspective. You will explore the dramatic, social and historical context of the plays, experiment with a range of dramatic interpretations, using a variety of theatre conventions and learn how to write about your ideas for performing and interpreting these plays. You will go to see and review live theatre performances and will use what you have seen to inform your own practice.
It is vital that you can commit to rehearsal schedules for practical units that could be after-school, in your free lessons or at lunchtimes. These will always be in agreement with other students in your group and with teaching staff.
The aim of the course is for you to become expert, imaginative and original makers and creators of Theatre and Drama.
How will it be delivered?
PRACTICAL ASSESSMMENTS – 60% OF TOTAL MARK.
The performance element of the course is worth 60% and involves two performances in front of a live audience (30%) and two pieces of writing submitted alongside the practical work (30%). The performance of your original piece of theatre is marked by your teachers and then a recording is sent to the exam board to be moderated along with your written work. The performance of your extract from a play is marked by a visiting examiner.
WRITTEN EXAM – 40% OF TOTAL MARK
You have one 3 hour written examination (40%) in June of Y13 which will focus on the two set texts and review of live Theatre. You will write about your practical, theatrical understanding and interpretation of the texts and the plays you have seen.
To do A Level Drama, you need to have a GCSE or BTEC in Drama or Performing Arts. In circumstances where you were not able to take a GCSE/BTEC in Drama, experience in performance or the theatre outside of school may be acceptable, you will need to talk to us about this before you can be accepted onto the course, but we do have students on the course in this situation every year. You should also have a Grade 5 or higher in English or English Literature at GCSE. (We can discuss this further if you have a Grade 4).
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Your next steps...
We follow the AQA course because universities respect it as a fully demanding academic A Level. Many of our students study Drama at university or go on to train as actors but our students have also used their outstanding grades in their Drama A Level to gain admission to a wide range of courses such as English Literature, English Language, MFL courses, Law, Geography, Health and Social Care, Fashion, Fine Art, Education, Psychology and History. All Universities, including the Russell Group, will accept Drama and Theatre as a valuable A Level for any degree. You may want to consider that if most of your A Levels are in non-Arts subjects, your success in Drama and Theatre will demonstrate your impressive versatility, creativity and individuality to universities and future employers.