Drama and Theatre
A Level students participate in the creation and development of a range of live theatre performances. Students will learn how to explore, analyse and perform extracts from plays in order to create theatre, They also develop their verbal and writing skills in the critical evaluation of the essential elements. This course will help you to develop your understanding of drama and theatre, using analytical and creative skills, and an ability to communicate effectively with others.
If Drama and/or Performing Arts have been studied at GCSE, a minimum of a grade 6 is required for A Level Drama and Theatre Studies.
If Drama and/or Performing Arts have not been studied at GCSE, a minimum of a grade 5 in English is required for A Level Drama and Theatre Studies.
A Level Topics and Assessment
- Induction - What is Drama? What is Theatre?
- An introduction to Drama and Theatre History
- Working with plays and practitioners
- Developing acting and performance or design skills
- Understanding and using the language of Drama and Theatre Studies
- Devising, performing and evaluating original theatre
- The work of the playwright, performer, directors and designer
- Understanding practical skills, theatrical forms and structures
- How to create, realise and justify your director’s interpretation of a play
- How to recognise, analyse and evaluate a director’s interpretation of a text
|Unit 1: Theatre Workshop
Unit 2: Text in Action
Unit 3: Text in performance
Internally assessed as either an actor or designer in the performance of a text
Externally assessed as either an actor or designer in two live theatre performances.
Written Examination: The exploration of Theatre history, style and genre.
20% of A Level
40% of A Level
40% of A Level
Beyond the Classroom and Future Prospects
Students of A Level Drama and Theatre Studies take part in a number of large and small scale productions throughout the course and are encouraged to visit the theatre regularly. A level Drama and Theatre Studies can lead to careers in the theatre and media, technical theatre design, entertainment management, teaching, literature and in other opportunities such as retail, charitable work and human resources.
I enjoyed Drama because it offered a wide range of skills applicable for any career.