Drama & Theatre
Entry requirements: GCSE grade 5 in Drama & Theatre Studies
If the subject has not been studied at GCSE: GCSE grade 5 in English Language or English Literature and practical experience of Drama
The Drama & Theatre A Level combines practical and academic study of the subject. Plays are explored for both performance and as stimuli for devised work. Throughout both types of exploration, students are required to develop and demonstrate an understanding of a wide variety of drama and theatre conventions and styles and how such work communicates with an audience. The reformed A Level comprises of 2 coursework components and one examination paper. Each component includes both practical and written work.
• Component 1: Devising
Students will devise an original performance piece. They will use one key extract from a performance text and a theatre practitioner as stimuli. Students will be assessed on their performance as well as a written portfolio. This component is teacher examined and externally moderated.
• Component 2: Text in Performance
Students will participate in a group performance of one key extract from a performance text. Students will also present either a monologue or duologue performance from an extract from a different performance text. This component is externally assessed by a visiting examiner.
• Component 3: Theatre Makers in Practice Component 3 (written examination)
This examination comprises of 3 sections. Section A is a live theatre evaluation. Section B is a ‘Page to Stage’ style question that will ask students to consider an extract of a set text from the perspective of a performer and a designer. Section C requires students to interpret a different set text in the style of a practitioner whilst showing an understanding of the original performance conditions.
Drama and Theatre is highly valued by both universities and employers as it develops both the academic and creative talents of students. Throughout the course, students will develop a multitude of transferable skills including time management, analysis, problem solving, collaboration, communication and an understanding of how to amend and refine work. This will aid students in making a smooth transition to their next level of study and/or employment. For those seeking careers in the media, teaching, journalism, any career involving the entertainment industry or public speaking, presenting and problem solving, Drama and Theatre would be an ideal choice.