Drama & Theatre Studies AS/A2 Level at Heathfield Community College
Drama is an exciting and creative course which is both practically and intellectually challenging. It will develop your knowledge and understanding of theatre practitioners, acting techniques and plays through practical workshops, discussions and trips to the theatre. There are also many opportunities to perform both scripted and devised pieces which develops imagination and confidence. Working in groups on theatrical pieces helps to build essential social skills and is an incredibly satisfying and rewarding experience.
Unit 1: The Devising Process
Students devise and perform a piece of theatre and record the process in a portfolio.
Students are internally assessed and externally moderated. This assessment is worth 40% of the final grade.
Unit 2: Text for Performance
Group performance from a performance text Perform a mono/duo from a different text
The performance is externally assessed by a visiting examiner and is worth 20% of the final grade
Unit 3: Theatre makers in practice
Choice of one set text from six which must be explored practically. Choice of one set text from six. Interpretation of a text as a director. Evaluation of a piece of live theatre they have seen.
Examination is worth 40% of the final
Sec A: Live Theatre Evaluation
Sec B: Questions on a set text
Sec C: Director’s interpretation
A* - C in GCSE Drama or Performing Arts
See Course Content for full details of assessment information.
Drama is a good foundation for a range of careers which require good social skills and people management. It is a natural choice for any degree or career in the theatre or Arts. It would also be beneficial for a career in teaching.
The course combines well with English, History, Film Studies and Performaing Arts BTEC.
“Taking A-Level Drama has enabled me to develop my knowledge in creating theatre by exploring different practitioners and other interesting techniques. It has also allowed me to push myself out of my comfort zone in order to perform in a more diverse way. It has increased my confidence and academic knowledge and I have developed some of the closest friendships I've ever had. It's so much fun and so rewarding.”
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Heathfield Community College directly.