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Drama and Theatre

 

 

Why study Drama and Theatre?

Drama and Theatre Studies provides opportunities for students to express themselves, explore live performance and enhance analytical and contextual knowledge. You may have an interest in performance due to studying Drama at GCSE level, or have extra-curricular involvement in theatrical productions, and by taking the course you will expand your knowledge and explore performance further.

What skills are required?

Whatever your previous experience, being an A Level Drama and Theatre studies student will be thought provoking, challenging and exciting. Creative thinking is integral to success. You must be prepared to put in your own time, whether seeing theatre performances, carrying out research, learning lines, acquiring props or rehearsing for performance.

Much of your time will be spent working practically with others. A lot of enjoyment and achievement depends on your commitment to working as a member of a team. Regular attendance and punctuality is essential.

Course Content

Year 12:

  • Study of a set text from List A
  • Response to Live Theatre
  • Practitioner Workshops
  • Applying practitioner methods to scripted work

Year 13:

  • Study of a set text from List B
  • Devising a performance and a working notebook
  • Practical development of a scripted extract, including a reflective report
  • Final exam and performances

How will it be assessed?

Component 1: Drama and Theatre 40%

  • 3 hours
  • 80 marks 

Component 2: Devising Drama 30%

  • Practical and Written
  • 60 marks 

Component 3: Creating Original Drama 30%

  • Practical and Written
  • 60 marks 

Progression

Students who have continued with studying Theatre in Higher Education have gone on to gain a Theatre degree with honours. There is also the opportunity to pursue courses at drama schools, as well as developing work in Drama Therapy, Teaching and Journalism.

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