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Drama A Level at Woodbridge School

Course description

A Level Course Content & Assessment Method:

  • Component 1- Drama and theatre
    • Knowledge and understanding of drama and theatre
    • Study of 2 plays
    • Evaluation of the work of live theatre makers
  • Component 2 – Creating original drama
    • Devised piece influenced by the work and methodologies of one prescribed practitioner
  • Component 3 – Making theatre
    • Practical exploration and interpretation of extracts taken from 3 plays
    • Methodology of a prescribed practitioner will then be applied to Extract 3 which is performed as a final assessed piece

Entry requirements

You should have a good range of experience of drama for this course. GCSE drama is not a requirement, but is an advantage. GCSE grade B or better in English would also be beneficial.


Assessment Method:

  • Component 1- Drama and theatre
    • Written exam – 3 hours
  • Component 2 – Creating original drama
    • Performance and working notebook
  • Component 3 – Making theatre
    • Performance and reflective report

Future opportunities

Many students have gone on to read drama as part of either a single or joint honours drama degree. A number of students have also gone on to train at prestigious drama schools such as Central School of Speech and Drama, LAMDA and Mountview Academy. Woodbridge School has produced a considerable number of successful actors and actresses, many of whom have gone on to perform in the West End, with the RSC, as well as on television and in film.

Drama provides excellent communication skills, which are vital in all careers. It can also be a launching point for various arts-based opportunities.

Further information

The emphasis of the course is that it is taught through practical experience. There are opportunities for all students to experience live theatre throughout the two years and students are encouraged to take part in the thriving extra-curricular life of the department. All practical examination work is supported by the state-of-the-art Seckford Theatre and students are able to work with the School’s resident academic technician in order to develop their work in a professional context. Written work is supported by theory lessons as well as regular essay tasks which prepare candidates for the written examination.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 03 April 2017
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