Drama and Theatre Studies

Exam Board AQA

Why Should I Study This Course?

A Level Drama and Theatre Studies is for students who enjoy reading and watching plays and taking part in them, whether performing, directing or designing sets and costumes.
The course is designed to take 2 years but there is the opportunity of sitting an exam at the end of Year 1 to gain an AS qualification.

The subject content for A-level Drama and Theatre is divided into three components:

• Drama and theatre
• Creating original drama
• Making theatre

What Kind of Student is This Suitable For?

You will need to have a good starting level of technical performance ability. You will need to be very good at co-operation and collaboration, with very good communication skills. You will need to be open minded, creative and committed.

Course Breakdown

Component 1: Drama and theatre (written)
An open book exam focusing on two areas of theatre: The Study of 1 set text in Year 1 and a further text in Year 2. The analysis and evaluation of a live performance.

Component 2: Creating original drama (practical)
This unit focuses on the process of creating devised drama and only occurs in the second year of the course. The devised piece must be influenced by the work and methodologies of one prescribed practitioner. A working notebook will be kept throughout this unit.

Component 3: Making theatre (practical)
Students practically explore and interpret three extracts (extracts 1 and 2 in year 1 and the third in year 2) each taken from a different play exploring methodology of a prescribed practitioner.
One extract will be performed and assessed at the end of year 1 and 2. Students may contribute as a performer, designer or director.

A reflective report analysing and evaluating theatrical interpretation of all three extracts is included in this unit.

How is the Course Assessed?

50% of the course is assessed internally via compulsory assessments and the remaining 50% is assessed via external examination.

Where Can it Take Me?

This course will prepare students for a career in acting, studying theatre or becoming a theatre practitioner. This will also support students who have a love of literature and the practical performance of work.

Drama and Theatre Studies Teaching Staff

This course is delivered by:
Mrs R Atkinson
Mrs R Lamper
Mrs A Blakeley