This course focuses on working with plays from the point of view of a director, a designer, a performer and a critic. The qualification is designed to enable students to acquire a knowledge and understanding of the language of drama and theatre as well as to develop their performing and analytical skills. This course combines well with any other arts based subject, English, music, dance, psychology, sociology, history and media studies.
This qualification has the support of higher education institutions as a specialist qualification for Drama and Theatre-related courses. Equally, it provides a worthwhile experience for students wishing to use it as part of the entry requirements into other subject areas. It is a very useful qualification for students wishing to pursue a career that involves communication, leadership and people-oriented skills.
Exam board: AQA
Essential Entry Requirements: Standard Sixth Form requirements
Preferred Entry Requirements: Grade 5 or above in GCSE Drama or Performing Arts and experience of extra-curricular Drama is essential.
Pre-Course Material: This is available here.
Component 1 – Drama and theatre (40% of the A Level, 80 marks).
What we do: The practical and academic study of two very different set plays. An experience of a live production in order to analyse and evaluate the performance.
How it is assessed: Open book written exam. 3 hours.
Component 2 – Creating original drama (30% of the A level. 60 marks).
What we do: Create a high quality piece of devised drama that has a clear influence from a well-known theatre practitioner.
How it is assessed: A working notebook (40 marks). Devised performance (20 marks).
Component 3 – Making theatre (30% of the A Level, 60 marks).
Practical exploration and interpretation of three extracts from three different plays. Study of a theatre practitioner to apply to the third extract.
How it is assessed: Performance of the third extract to an examiner (40 marks). Written reflective report (20 marks).
Two theatre trips which are compulsory, costing approximately £30 per trip.