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Drama and Theatre Studies A Level at Lydiard Park Academy

Course description

Drama and Theatre Studies is a challenging and exciting course, which is taught through a variety of Practical and theory lessons. You can choose to specialise in Performance, Directing or Design Skills, and you will contribute to scripted and devised performances. You will create interesting and complex work, and you will use your knowledge of different styles of theatre to capture the attention of the audience.

You will attend the Theatre, and be inspired by what you see, and by participating in workshops with professionals. All of this will feed into your Written as well as your Practical exams.

Course content

AS: Unit 1: Written Exam. Live Theatre Production Seen and Prescribed Play (100 marks). You will answer 2 questions, one about a play you’ve seen during your course, and one about a play you have studied during your course. We will choose the best play for your group from the six the exam board give us.

Unit 2: Practical Exam. Presentation of an Extract from a Play (80 marks). Your group will rehearse and perform an extract from a published play. The assessment also includes your preparation work, and notes.

A2: Unit 3: Written Exam. Further Prescribed Plays including Pre-Twentieth Century (100 marks). You will answer questions about two different plays, again chosen to suit you from the choice we are given by AQA.

Unit 4: Practical Exam. Devised Drama (80 marks). Your group will devise and rehearse a piece of Drama. The assessment also includes your preparation and development work and supporting notes

Entry requirements

A successful student will need: ● A*-C in Drama, if studied at GCSE. ● Passionate about Drama, Theatre and an interest in how plays work in creation and performance. ● Willing to commit to extra rehearsals and preparation outside lessons. ● Prepared to visit the Theatre at least 3 times per year, to see a wide range of Drama. ● Ready to act on advice given, and always keen to improve both practical and written work.


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Future opportunities

A-level Drama and Theatre Studies is useful for students considering Higher Education in any arts or humanities subject including English Language and Literature, Journalism, Dance, Music, Art and Design, and Media Studies.

Opportunities for students who study A-level Drama and Theatre Studies include Arts careers: Theatre administration, acting, directing, stage management and other careers involving creativity or people: writing, broadcasting, presenting, education, therapy.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Lydiard Park Academy directly.

Last updated date: 24 June 2015

Key information

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