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Drama & Theatre Studies A Level at Chislehurst and Sidcup Grammar School

Course description

What does the course consist of?

Year 12

Component 1 Exploration and Performance: A group performance/design realisation of one key extract from a text; A monologue/duologue performance/design realisation from a different performance text.

Component 2 Theatre Makers in Practice: Written exam for 1 hour and 45 minuets; Section A – Live theatre evaluation; Section B – Page to stage realising a performance text 

Year 13

Component 1 – Devising: Devise an original performance piece; Use one key extract from a performance text and a theatre practitioner as stimuli; Centre choice of text and practitioner; Performer or designer routes available. Component 2 - Text in performance: A group performance/design realisation of one key extract from a performance text; A monologue or duologue performance/design realisation from one key extract from a different performance text. Component 3 - Theatre makers in practice written exam consisting of three sections: Section - A live theatre evaluation, live theatre evaluation, choice of performance; Section B - Page to Stage, realising a performance text, practical exploration and study of a complete text, focusing on how this can be realised for performance; Section C - interpreting a performance text, practical exploration and interpretation of another complete performance text, in light of a chosen practitioner, focusing on how this text could be reimagined for a contemporary audience.




Entry requirements

What entry requirements do I need?

Grade B GCSE Drama/Performing Arts or relative performance experience if you have not been able to study the subject at KS4, and the general Sixth Form Entry Criteria.  See additional information below.  If a subject is oversubscribed preference will be given to those who have Grade A.

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How is this course assessed?

Component 1: Devising 40% practical and coursework elements internally assessed.  Component 2: Text in performance—two practical performances 20% of overall A Level and externally assessed.  Component 3: Theatre makers in practice 40% of overall A Level written exam.  Additionally it is available at AS with a performance and examination element.





Future opportunities

What could this course lead me to?

A place at a top Performing Arts School.

A career/further study of: English, Law, Education, Film Production, Television Production, Professional Theatre, Performing Arts, Arts Administration, Media, Advertising, Broadcasting, Technical or Backstage Theatre.



Further information

What other subjects does this course work well with?

Given the nature and content of the course, Drama & Theatre Studies will combine well with a wide range of subject options at AS/A Level.  A very good choice for anyone studying English Literature but would complement other arts and essay based subjects such as History and Psychology.

Additional Information:

All potential candidates are asked to learn and prepare a monologue. The monologue should be no more than two minutes in length and come from a professionally published play of your choice.  This will be performed to the curriculum leader as part of the admissions process.

Why should you study this subject?

“In addition to developing your knowledge of the field, the course provides you with a range of skills that employers and institutions are frequently seeing as being of the upmost importance .”   (Curriculum Leader)

Why is this subject enjoyable to study?

“Drama is different to every other subject. I find it refreshing as it’s a different way of learning and studying. You are able to work creatively and  practically throughout the course.”  (Sixth Form Student)






How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Chislehurst and Sidcup Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 26 October 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years