Drama & Theatre Studies
Actions speak louder than words!
Drama and Theatre Studies is both a practical and academic course. During the two years you will be given the opportunity to explore different styles of theatre through text and performance.
It is a good choice if you are looking for a more practical and creative way of working and enjoy working with others. Drama and Theatre Studies A Level allows you to keep future options open but can lead to careers in the Arts,Teaching, and Law. It can be taken alongside any other courses but works particularly well with English Literature.
Drama develops important life skills such as: Presentation skills Working to Deadlines Critical thinking and analysis Self evaluation and self confidence Creative and imaginative thinking Leadership skills Collaborative working
|Exploration of Drama and Theatre — 40% Students practically explore two contrasting play texts.They are marked on their contribution and understanding of the texts.Written exploration notes also forms part of this assessment.|
|Theatre text in Performance — 60% This unit assesses the student’s performance skills. Students perform a professionally published play and a monologue/ duologue to an external examiner.A technical option can be taken instead of performance. Students also submit a Written Performance Concept to show their understanding of the selected monologue/duologue.|
|Exploration of Dramatic Performance — 40% Students devise an original piece of theatre.They are marked on their contribution towards the piece and the performance.A written portfolio accompanies the practical work.|
|Theatre text in context—60% Students explore set plays from the perspective of a director.They will study and analyse the plays in terms of rehearsal techniques and original performance conditions. The unit is assessed in the form of a written exam.|
Minimum grade C at GCSE in English, previous study of GCSE/BTEC Drama is not necessary.
What type of student is this course suitable for?
If you have an interest in or a passion for drama, enjoy practical performance, challenging styles and texts and are excited by seeing and experiencing theatre, this is the course for you. You must have self-motivation, team-work skills, and effective time management in order to see the best success.
Where could this course take you?
A Level Drama and Theatre Studies would naturally lead to a range of higher education courses or careers linked to drama, such as acting, directing, design, musical theatre, stage management, producing, drama therapy, drama teaching and arts administration. However this A Level ranks highly among students who wish to pursue further study or a career in any field, particularly the in the humanities, law and modern foreign languages. It is high on the list of courses accepted by the Russell group universities.