The A-level Drama and Theatre Studies course is designed for
students to explore plays from the point of view of a director, designer,
performer and critic. The course demands practical, creative and written
communication skills in almost equal measure. Students will extend their
ability to create drama and theatre, either in a performing or production role.
They will also be required to write about drama and to develop their powers of
analysis to become an informed critic and to consider the possibilities for
staging a play from the point of view of a director. The course will involve
taking part in drama productions, as well as studying plays and playwrights.
Unit 1 –Live Theatre
Production Seen and Prescribed Play
60% of AS, 30% of A-level
1 hour 30 minutes written examination:
Students answer one question from each of two sections.
Section A – response to live theatre seen during the course
Section B – study of one set play from a choice of six
Unit 2 –Presentation of an Extract from a Play
40% of AS, 20% of A-level
Practical performance: Performance by a group of an extract
from a published play. The assessment also includes candidates’ preparatory and
development work and supporting notes.
Unit 3 –Further Prescribed
Plays including Pre-Twentieth Century
30% of A-level
2 hour written paper:
two further set plays
in June only
Unit 4 –Presentation of Devised Drama
20% of A-level
Practical performance: Performance by a group of devised
drama. The assessment also includes candidates’ preparatory and development
work and supporting notes.
An A-level drama student needs to be curious about issues
and ideas and have a creative instinct for communicating their views through
drama. The student may be keen on acting, writing or on the visual and
technical side of theatre and wish to develop their skills in some or all of
these areas. Equally they will be interested in going to the theatre to see
plays performed by different theatre companies. The course is modular and
requires the study of two modules at both AS and A2 level.
Studying this subject will equip students with a
set of rigorous analytical and communication skills that transfer to other
areas of study. They will also have acquired time management and leadership
skills as well as the ability to work under pressure. Past students have gone
on to study a range of different subjects.