This is a dynamic, exciting and rigorous course which engages students through encouraging creativity.
It focuses on practical work which reflects twenty-first century theatre practice, and develops technical and interpersonal skills that will support progression to further study of Drama and a wide range of other subjects.
It is assessed through both practical and written examinations as well as coursework; exploring the perspectives and skills of performers, designers and directors.
The course has a clear and coherent structure and bridges impeccably with our GCSE Drama course.
Course Content and Assessment
There are three components:
One focuses on devising
One focuses on performing or designing skills
One focuses on practical exploration of set texts to interpret them for performance.
The course is embedded with a practical ethos, and this is sacrosanct to the component structures and delivery.
Component 1: Devising (40% of the A Level).
- Devise an original performance piece based on an extract
from a play, using the principles of a theatre practitioner.
- The component is assessed through the following mediums: 1: A 3,000-word portfolio of analysis and evaluation.
2: A performance to a live, target, audience.
Text in Performance (20% of the A Level).
1: A group performance/ design realisation of one key extract from a performance text which is cast and directed by the tutors.
2: A monologue or duologue performance/ design realisation of another key extract of a different performance text.
Theatre Makers in Practice (40% of the A Level).
2 hours 30 mins written examination:
Section A: Live Theatre Evaluation.
Section B: Page to Stage: Realising a Performance Text. Section C: Interpreting a Performance Text.
Five grade 5s (or above) at GCSE, including Drama. Special dispensation can be made for those students who have not taken GCSE Drama subject to pre-course discussion with tutors.
Progression to Higher Education to read specialist Drama, Theatre and Performing Arts courses or as part of entry requirements to many other subjects. It is also a useful qualification for candidates who would like to pursue a career in the fields of Law, Business, Medicine, Caring and Media professions.
We also help students with extensive preparation for entry into nationally-renowned Drama Conservatoires, with recent successes including placement at: Rose Bruford College; The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama; the National Youth Theatre and Guildhall School of Music and Drama.