Drama and Theatre Studies A Level at Comberton Village College & Sixth Form
Why study Drama and Theatre Studies?
Drama and Theatre Studies has become a highly respectable A level over the last decade and is valued by universities as a subject connected to both the Arts and the humanities. The balance of practical skills and academic knowledge help students to develop cross-curricular skills that include writing, speaking and the ability to analyse and organise information. It is also a subject that builds confidence and helps students to develop their interests and passions.
What will I study?
The course is designed to provide a balance across a range of learning activities. These include exploring plays, creating theatre, the performance of plays, the analysis of theatre and the evaluation of all of these
elements. Students completing the course successfully will have a thorough understanding of drama and the theatre, highly - toned analytical and creative skills and have an ability to communicate effectively with others. The coursework will be assessed internally and the exam piece by an external examiner.
For many students, the most rewarding section of the course is the Live Practical Performance. In groups, students prepare a piece of drama to be performed before a moderator and audience. AS (first year) Students prepare an excerpt from an existing play
whilst A2 (second year) students write, direct, design and perform their own piece of original drama.
The course is delivered in our purpose built Performing Arts Studio which has full access to recording and editing suite; and which houses the examination performance pieces.
As the course goes from strength to strength we have forged many creative partnerships including annual workshops with Out of Joint Theatre Company, Frantic Assembly and most recently Fourth Monkey Theatre Company.
It also involves seeing professional productions. That’s essential to succeed on the course. In 2013/14 our students have been to St James Theatre, The Dominion Theatre, Cambridge Arts and the Junction. You will participate in various visiting workshops and work with a variety of theatre practitioners whilst developing the skills to allow you to become a practitioner in your own right!
B or above in GCSE Drama
Minimum of 5 B grades or grade 6s at GCSE
At least a 4 in English and Maths
What can I do with Drama after sixth form?
The list is endless. Many students will take a degree in Theatre, Drama, Film, Media or Performing Arts. Others will gain entry into a specialist drama college such as RADA. There is also the chance to work behind the scenes in theatre, film or television. You only have to see the credits of a play to see how many people work on a production in different capacities, or there is work in newspapers, magazines or journalism in general. If that is not enough, many lawyers and barristers take courses in performance. Then there is one of the fastest - growing industries in the country - PR and management.
How to apply
You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.