A Level Drama & Theatre Studies
A Level Drama & Theatre Studies is a two year course which will give you the opportunity to study a variety of styles, genres and practitioners, both classic and contemporary. Students who enjoy and successfully complete this subject typically progress to University. Runshaw has an excellent purpose built drama studio and theatre that is equipped with state of the art lighting and sound equipment.
- Course Information
Drama and Theatre combines both the theoretical and practical study of a wide range of classical and contemporary practitioners. The aim of the course is to expand your knowledge and appreciation of theatre in its entirety, including addressing how historical and social factors impact on performances within contemporary society. You will also study how to interpret a role, and how to use practitioner techniques to devise your own material.
- Entry Requirements
For our A Level programme our entry requirements are a minimum of 5x Grade 5.
*Please note that A Level English requires a Level 6 in GCSE English
*Please note that A Level Maths requires a Level 6 in GCSE Maths
*Please note that A Level Sciences require a Level 6 in GCSE Maths and Science
- How will I be assessed?
60% written examination and 40% practical examination.
- Progression Pathway
Theatre Studies is an excellent subject for students wanting to progress to university, with degrees available in: Law, Acting, Theatre Studies, Psychology, English and Creative Writing to name just a few.
- Programme Specification
Component 1: Drama and theatre
For this you will study two different plays, and interpret these from various perspectives – as a director, a designer, and a performer. You will also get the opportunity to attend a range of live
theatre productions, and evaluate the impact of performance elements.
How it’s assessed
Written exam: 3 hours, 80 marks, 40% of A Level
Component 2: Creating original drama (practical)
After undertaking a series of practitioner workshops, you will be given a stimulus, and work with a group to devise a final piece using your chosen performance style.
How it’s assessed:
Working notebook (40 marks), Devised performance (20 marks), 60 marks in total, 30% of A Level
Component 3: Making theatre (practical)
This component is a practical exploration of three extracts, taken from plays with different social, cultural and historical contexts. One of these plays will be performed using a given practitioner, and this will be performed as a final assessed piece. You will also write a Reflection Report, evaluating the interpretation of your different roles.
How it’s assessed:
Performance of Extract 3 (40 marks), Reflective report (20 marks), 60 marks in total, 30% of A Level
- National Careers Service
For guidance about what careers subjects can lead on to please follow this link to the National Careers Service.