Drama & Theatre Studies
What could this course lead to?
Primarily this course can lead to studying a wide spectrum of performance based disciplines. These courses would be directly industry focused for those who wish to pursue a career within Performing Arts. Secondly and equally importantly, the ‘soft skills’, polished through the practical and collaborative style the course is structured are specifically enriching for those wanting to embark on courses in Law, Media, Humanities and the Arts in general. Whatever the future holds, students of A-level Drama and Theatre emerge with a toolkit of transferable skills preparing them for their next steps.
A solid GCSE in Drama is expected – a grade 5 or above at GCSE or equivalent in English Language or Literature would also be desirable.
What will I be studying?
The subject content details the knowledge, understanding and skills that students are expected to develop throughout the course of study.
The subject content is divided into three components:
- Drama and Theatre
- Creating original drama
- Making theatre
1. Drama and Theatre: From Page to Stage
Students must study and explore practically two set plays. The two current set texts are ‘Caucasian Chalk Circle’ by Bertolt Brecht and ‘Our Country’s Good’ by Timberlake Wertenbeker. These two plays, alongside a live production, will be assessed and evaluated within a written exam, taken at the end of A2. The learning focus through all the written work is based on the production of the work from page to stage, showing an informed understanding of not only the play in performance but also stage craft, acting genre and style and practitioners incorporated within the playwrights intentions.
How it’s assessed
- Written exam: 3 hours
- Open book
- 80 marks (40% of A Level)
2. Creating original drama
Students create and develop original devised pieces to communicate meaning as part of a devised performance publically performed and internally marked/ externally moderated.
Devised piece must be influenced by the work and methodologies of one prescribed practitioner who does not feature with the set texts explored in the course.
How it’s assessed:
Working notebook (40 marks)
Devised performance (20 marks)
60 marks in total • 30% of A Level
3. Making theatre
Students must learn how to contribute to text-based drama in a live theatre context for an audience.
For assessment, students must:
- explore practically three key extracts each taken from a different play.
- perform or create a realised design for one of these key extracts which is then performed.
- evidence the influence of the work and methodology of the practitioner in the performance.
- analyse and evaluate their interpretation of all three key extracts studied.
How it’s assessed:
- Performance of Extract 3 (40 marks)
- Reflective report (20 marks)
- 60 marks in total • 30% of A Level
What syllabus do you follow?
Coursework and written exam.
Coursework: Yes – written and practical.