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Drama and Theatre A Level OCR at Co-op Academy Priesthorpe

Course description

Course Description

Students study four units;

Practitioners in Practice, Exploring and Performing Texts, Analysing Performance and Deconstructing Text for Performance.

Students are assessed through a combination of written examination, practical performance and portfolio work.

In unit 1 students create a devised performance based on research and practical exploration, they explore two theatre practitioners and work on a text extract.  A further unit requires students to study and explore a whole text and to then choose an extract to perform to a visiting examiner.  In unit 3 students analyse two dramatic texts chosen by the teacher and are requried to attend live theatre and write about the performance seen.  The final unit involves the study of a whole script of a set text which is explored from the director's viewpoint.


Course content

Course Content

Units of study:

You will study 6 units in total. The mandatory unit is Performing to an Audience. You will then choose 5 others from this list below.

Mandatory Units:

Performing to an Audience:

This unit gives students the experience of performing a role as part of an ensemble presenting rehearsed work to a live audience.

Specialist Units:

You will be able to specialise in your chosen units, which means the course can be tailored to your particular interested.

Units you can choose from:

Devising Plays                                                                                   Auditions for Actors

Rehearsing for Performance                                                      Storytelling as Performance

Marketing for the Performing Arts                                          Musical Theatre Performance

Theatre for children                                                                       Performing with Mask:


Entry requirements

Entry Requirements

Entrants to the course must have achieved at least 5 x 9-4 at GCSE subjects; 6 preferred in English.



Assessment takes place in the form of majority of practical work, with elements of written coursework. Students will be given brief from which they will work towards practically and provide written evidence to support. Students will gain many opportunities to perform to live audiences. 

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Future opportunities

Future Opportunities

Students can go on to study a wide variety of academic and vocational courses in HE with this qualification, and/ or go into a wide variety of careers in which communication skills are important, for example Performing Arts, Film & Media, Law and Education.

Further information

Further Information

For further information on this course please contact a member of the Drama Department or check the OCR website: 

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 05 October 2017
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  • Start date: Next September