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AS/A2 Drama and Theatre Studies at The Bluecoat Academy

Course description

What will be studied ?

The Drama course at Bluecoat Academy will introduce students to a variety of texts, styles and techniques.

You will cover two major, significant plays, theatrical theory & practice, performance techniques, technical theatre and directing.

Areas of study

The AS course is broken down into 2 units:

Unit One: A practical exploration of two contrasting plays; plus the study of a play that we will go to see in performance and also a practical exploration of two key theatre practitioners and their methods and activities.

Unit Two: The performance of a play, directed by your teachers, to a public audience, plus the performance of either a monologue or duologue to an examiner, plus a short written summary of this shorter performance piece.

The A2 course is broken down into 2 units:

Unit Three: Devise and perform your own play based on the skills you have acquired in Year 12 and keep a supporting written account of the work you have created.

Unit Four: An exam based on two classic periods of theatre:

1 - How would you direct an Ancient Greek tragedy, Renaissance drama or 19th century German unfinished masterpiece?

2 - How a play from the past was originally performed and how does that compare to a modernised production of the same text?

How will I be assessed ?

Units One and Three are marked by your teachers and sent off to be moderated.

The marks are divided between written assignments and practical coursework exploration.

Unit Two is externally assessed by an examiner who visits the school on the night of the performances, whilst Unit Four is a formal written exam.

How is the course delivered ?

Practical workshops and discussion-based seminars, theatre visits and independent research and rehearsals.

What next ?

Gaining an A or AS level in Drama can lead directly to work or a range of different courses in further and higher education.

Students thrive in a creative and communicative environment and are seen by Universities as generally ‘well-rounded, developed’ individuals.

Drama is an established subject at Post-16 level and opens many doors to future employment, education and careers.

At Bluecoat Academy we pride ourselves on good pass rates, innovative teaching and a range of experiences over the two year course. 

Entry requirements

Students wishing to take A Level Drama should have at least five GCSE A* – C grades including English and Maths, with a C or above in GCSE Drama.

In special circumstances and with a reference from your Drama or English teacher we would consider students without GCSE Drama.

Final decisions will be taken by the Head of Drama. 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Bluecoat Academy directly.

Last updated date: 31 March 2015

Key information

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