Drama

WHAT DOES THE COURSE INVOLVE?

The A Level drama and theatre course inspires students to become independent theatre makers
with the skills that they need to go on to higher education, whether to study a course in drama
and theatre or any other subject.

Students learn through experience; seeing theatre and making theatre for themselves. Students
are introduced to a wide range of theatrical styles and contexts as they explore plays practically,
devise and work on performances. Students can choose to develop their skills in acting, design
(lighting, set or costume), directing, or a combination of these. Whichever option they choose,
students will gain many invaluable skills, both theatrical and transferable, to expand their
horizons.

ASSESSMENT

Component 1: Drama and Theatre –  Open book, written exam – 3 hours (40% of A Level) Study of two set texts and response to live theater seen

Component 2: Creating Original Drama – Controlled assessment marked internally, moderated externally (30% of A Level) Devised performance accompanied by written working notebook

GENERAL COMMENTS

– All students taking A Level Drama and Theatre will be required to produce work in acting, directing and design for the purpose of the written exam and need to be prepared to perform in front of an audience.

– Students can specialise in acting, design or directing for their practical controlled assessment and exam.

– Students will need to give up additional time to attend rehearsals and performances outside of normal school hours.

– It is a requirement of the course that students see as much live theatre as possible during the course. Opportunities will be made during the school year.

– Independent research and review of theatre is essential.

FUTURE PROSPECTS

This course can lead to further study or employment in the following fields: acting, design, directing theatre, stage management, media, film and television, public relations, coaching, education, law, journalism, politics and so many more.

In drama lessons, students develop skills that are not just essential for working in theatre but applicable to a wide range of higher education subjects and in the workplace.

Students will develop collaboration, communication, concentration, leadership, artistic awareness, self-awareness, creativity, confidence, evaluation and cultural, social and literary contexts. Whatever the future holds, students of A Level Drama and Theatre will emerge with a toolkit of transferable skills preparing them for their next steps.