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Drama and Theatre Studies A Level at Tytherington School

Course description

Drama offers an opportunity for students to follow a course of study which links a great deal of practical performance with theoretical study.

Students will need to be enthusiastic performers but also have the ability to think deeply and critically about their own work and the work of writers and performers through the ages.

The course aims to:
- promote an interest in drama and theatre
- extend the skills necessary to communicate through drama
- develop the creative imagination
- develop performance, directorial and design skills

The course is practically based with a great deal of emphasis on group work. There is also the opportunity for students to work as individuals. Students create written portfolios and sit written examinations.

Course content

Unit 1: Exploration of Drama and Theatre. A practical study of two published play texts through a series of performance workshops. A hands-on means of practically exploring theatre. Students also produce a series of written notes that record their practical work (3000 words). Students experience a range of live theatre and write a review of one of the performances (1000 words).

Unit 2: Theatre Text in Performance. Students are directed in a performance of a published text . This is performed to an audience and visiting examiner. Students also perform either a monologue or duologue of their choice to the same audience. They must submit a written interpretation of their approach to their monologue or duologue. (500 words).

Unit 3: Exploration of Dramatic Performance. Students create their own original piece of theatre for a specific audience. They are assessed on their contribution to the devising process and their performance. Students also submit written evidence of both the process and evaluation of the performance (3000 words).

Unit 4: Theatre Text in Context. Students practically explore a set text and develop their own directorial concept and interpretation. Students compare a 21st Century performance of a text from a specified time to the original performance conditions.

Entry requirements

Students normally have a Grade C or above in GCSE Drama.
Although study of Drama at GCSE is desirable, it is not essential.


The assessment is a mixture of practical performance, written portfolio and written examination.
Unit 1 is internally marked and externally moderated (Year 12)
Unit 2 is marked by a visiting examiner (May of Year 12)
Unit 3 is internally marked and externally moderated (Year 13
Unit 4 is a written examination (June Year 13) of two hours and thirty minutes.

Future opportunities

Drama has many applications in the world of work. The ever-expanding media industry recruits employees from a performance background. Drama students will acquire the confidence and skills to take up management positions in a range of businesses as well as more traditional professions such as law or teaching.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Tytherington School directly.

Last updated date: 29 June 2015

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