Drama & Theatre A Level
What will I learn?
A Level course: across 2 years you will study for the following:
Unit 1 Devising:
You will work as part of a small group to create an original performance piece. This will be developed from an extract from an existing play text and will be influenced by the work of one key Theatrical Practitioner.
Unit 2 Text in Performance:
Undertake a key role in the teacher-directed production of a full-length play. Also perform a monologue or duologue of your choice. These performances will be to an audience and examined by an external examiner.
Unit 3 Theatre Makers in Practice:
You will complete a written exam comprising of:
- A live theatre evaluation of a production you see with all other Drama students
- Practical exploration and study of a play text
- Practical exploration and analysis of a practitioner associated with a specific play text
GCSE English at grade 5 or above is preferred. A strong interest in performing; audition may be required and a GCSE points average above 3.2.
How long will it take to qualify?
How will I be assessed?
Over the 2 years you will be assessed by the following methods:
Unit 1: Practical workshop activities, internally assessed; portfolio of coursework, externally moderated. A Level weighting: 40%
Unit 2: Your practical performance – externally examined. A Level weighting: 20%
Unit 3: 2½-hour written paper – externally examined. A Level weighting: 40%
Additional Learning Opportunities
There are always opportunities to take part in extra rehearsals outside of class and to form Drama societies where you can perform additional plays and musicals of your choice!
Who is this course aimed at?
Drama and Theatre will be attractive to students who:
- enjoy seeing live theatre, and discussing the performance
- enjoy performing and creating performance work
- are interested in the visual and technical side of drama
- enjoy writing about drama
Many students go on to study drama, theatre or performing arts degrees while others go on to drama schools to further their skills and seek work within the drama industry. This qualification is also valued by many employers recruiting for people-orientated careers.
- A Level
- 2 Years