Drama and Theatre

Course Type: GCE Advanced Level

Department: Drama

Why Should I Study This Course?

This course challenges students in a range of dramatic genres and styles, exploring contemporary work as well as classical texts. Students engage in practical exercises including directing and large scale performance work, and also learn how to analyse live performance. The course strikes a balance between practical performance work and theoretical understanding, as an individual and as a member of an ensemble. Students should be keen to gain a greater understanding of how theatre works, be involved in performances, be committed to hard work, and be able to work as part of a group as well as individually.

What Would I Study?

Component 1: Drama and Theatre - Students will study 2 set texts and visit the theatre.
Component 2: Creating Original Drama - Students will create an original piece of drama based on a stimulus of their choice.
Component 3: Making Theatre (Practical) - This includes the practical exploration and interpretation of 3 extracts, each taken from a different play.

How and When is it Assessed?

Component 1: Written Examination: 3 hours, Open Book - 80 marks (40% of A Level) May / June of Year 13.
Component 2: Working notebook - 40 marks, Devised performance - 20 marks, 60 marks in total, (30% of A Level) February - May of Year 13.
Component 3: Marked externally by a visiting examiner. Students must apply their knowledge and understanding of a practitioner to their rehearsal process and final performance. Extract 3 is to be performed as a final assessed piece to the examiner. Extracts 1 and 2 are performed to the class teacher and assessed in house. In addition to this students will complete a reflective report analysing and evaluating theatrical interpretation of all 3 extracts. Performance of Extract 3 - 40 marks, Reflective Reports - 20 marks, 60 marks in total, (30% of A Level). February - May of Year 13.

Where Can This Course Take me?

Drama and Theatre Studies is useful for students considering Higher Education in any arts or humanities subject including English Language and Literature, Journalism, Dance, Music, Art and Design, and Media Studies. Career opportunities for students who study A Level Drama and Theatre Studies include: Arts/Theatre administration, arts journalism, director, actor, designer, playwright, stage management, theatre management, theatrical agent, technician, broadcasting, media presenting, education, drama therapy and scriptwriting.