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Drama & Theatre A Level at John Leggott Sixth Form College

Course description

You will study performance as well as the technical roles in drama by seeing pieces of live theatre, comparing and contrasting plays, taking part in performances on stage and taking on technical roles. You will also devise a play for performance.

Course content

A-Level course: across 2 years you will study for following:

  • Unit 1: Devising:
    You will work as part of a small group to create an original performance piece. This will be developed from an extract from an existing play text and will be influenced by the work of one key Theatrical Practitioner.
  • Unit 2: Text in Performance:
    Undertake a key role in the teacher directed production of a full length play. Also perform a monologue or duologue of your choice. These performances will be to an audience and examined by an external examiner.
  • Unit 3: Theatre Makers in Practice:
    You will complete a written exam comprising of:
    - A live theatre evaluation of a production you see with all other Drama students
    - Practical exploration and study of a play text
    - Practical exploration and analysis of a practitioner associated with a specific play text

Entry requirements

GCSE English at grade C or above is preferred and a strong interest in performance. GCSE average 4.0 or above including 5 C grades.





  • Unit 1: Practical workshop activities, internally assessed; portfolio of coursework, externally moderated. 40%
  • Unit 2: Your practical performance – externally examined. 20%
  • Unit 3: 2½-hour written paper – externally examined. 40%


Future opportunities

Many students go on to study drama, theatre or performing arts degrees while others go onto drama schools to further their skills and seek work within the drama industry. This qualification is also valued by many employers recruiting for people-orientated careers.

Further information

There are always opportunities to take part in extra rehearsals outside of class and to form Drama societies where you can perform additional plays and musicals of your choice.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact John Leggott Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 22 September 2016

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