A Level Drama has been extremely practical and engaging this year and I love the energy in the classroom. But more than that, it has taught me how to work hard – as it has required a lot of dedication.
Drama and Theatre Studies is an exciting, heavily practical based course. This is an extremely rigorous syllabus and students will need to rise to the challenge as they physically explore a large number of contrasting theatre styles, performing both scripted and original devised theatre for practical examination. Students are also required to study the theoretical aspects of theatre and will apply this knowledge in a final written exam paper in Year 13.
Achieve 5 or more standard GCSE passes or higher (grade 4 or higher).
If a student is applying for a course in a subject that they have studied at GCSE it is expected that a student would have achieved at least a standard pass (grade 4) in this subject.
The subject content for A Level Drama and Theatre is divided into three components.
Component 1: Drama and Theatre
Students will apply their practical and theoretical knowledge of theatre to two contrasting set texts, ‘Our Country’s Good’ by Wertenbaker and either Goldoni’s ‘A Servant to Two Masters’ or ‘Antigone’ by Sophocles. For this component they will create essays detailing their interpretation of how the play should be produced and performed. They will also use their knowledge to create a written essay evaluating a live production seen throughout the course.
Component 2: Creating Original Drama
Students will produce an original piece of theatre in groups, creating the play using the key techniques of a set practitioner they have studied within the course. Students will keep a working notebook detailing their research and rehearsal strategies, and will perform their play to a live audience for assessment.
Component 3: Making Theatre
Students will practically explore three highly contrasting scripted plays, performing a substantial extract for each. Popular scripts to study include ‘Teechers’ by John Godber, ‘Macbeth’ by Shakespeare, ‘Cagebirds’ by David Campton and ‘4.48 Psychosis’ by Sarah Kane. The third play will be performed to a visiting external examiner, in front of a live audience, using the techniques of a chosen practitioner that they have studied within the course. Students must also keep a written record of the different techniques they have used to produce each of the three contrasting plays.
40% of A Level
Written exam: 3 hours – June Y13
30% of A Level
Practical performance of original piece of theatre and working notebook – April Y12
30% of A Level
Practical performance of the third script studied and assessment of the record log, analysing the work created for all three scripted plays performed – February Y13
The Drama and Theatre Studies A Level will prepare students well for a course at degree level. The practical elements of the course will help students develop key skills needed for all careers, including team-building, confidence and public speaking skills. The academic qualities of the subject will also support English writing, researching and evaluative skills that can be applied to other subjects and future employment.