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Drama and Theatre Studies AS/A Level at Prince Henry's Grammar School, Otley

Course description

Drama and Theatre Studies A Level is not only for those who wish to pursue a career in the Performance Arts and the entertainment industry. Although it is essential for those students who do want to work in this area, it also helps students to become confident, articulate adults who are able to collaborate as part of a team, with the self-motivation, initiative and creativity required for work and life in 21st century society.

Drama and theatre have always been at the heart of human expression and experience and are an important medium through which to convey views and ideas which have the potential and power to change society for the better.

Course content

Performance work is developed through the study of a range of texts, practitioners and historical periods. Students are given several opportunities each year to work with and/or go to professional productions, such as at the RSC at Stratford upon Avon or at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London, Blah Blah Blah Theatre Company and Leeds University.

By studying plays and practitioners as actors, students gain the necessary skills to understand the role of the director. In the second year of the course they devise, perform and direct their own play and the written exam requires students to respond as directors. Throughout the course students create notes which demonstrate their understanding of theatre and also require them to evaluate live theatre.

Year 1

  • Component 1: Exploration and Performance (60%)
  • Component 2: Theatre Makers in Practice (40%)
  • Written exam


Year 2

  • Component 1: Devising (40%)
  • Component 2: Text in Performance (20%)
  • Component 3: Theatre Makers in Practice (40%)
  • Written exam

Entry requirements

A good range of GCSEs at grade C and above, preferably with good grades in Arts subjects and English Literature. It is not necessary to have studied GCSE Drama, but students should have experience of performance-related work.

Future opportunities

An A Level in Drama and Theatre Studies can lead to a range of higher education courses and careers:

-         A degree course in Drama/ Theatre Studies / Performing Arts / Expressive Arts / Musical Theatre;

-         A combined degree course (e.g. Drama, Creative Writing and Media and Drama);

-         An Acting / Directing course at a Drama School (e.g. RADA, Central, Rose Bruford).

Drama is an all-encompassing subject which can help in a variety of courses and career choices (e.g. Set Design, Theatre Administration, Drama Therapy).

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.

Last updated date: 07 December 2016
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