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Drama and Theatre A Level - Block B at Gravesend Grammar School

Course description

A level Drama and Theatre is both demanding and rewarding.  It enables enthusiastic and dedicated students to achieve high levels of artistic expression through practical and academic study of Theatre. Students can pursue their interests and develop their skills in a range of practical drama elements including acting, costume, set, lighting and sound design. 

Course content

Component 1: Devising
40% of the A Level 80 marks

Content overview
● Devise an original performance piece.
● Use one key extract from a performance text and a theatre practitioner as stimuli.
● Performer or designer routes available.

Assessment overview
● Internally assessed and externally moderated. There are two parts to the assessment:
1) A portfolio: Typed/handwritten or verbal/recorded evidence.
2) The devised performance/design realisation

Component 2: Text in Performance
Coursework 20% of the A Level 60 marks

Content overview
● A group performance/design realisation of one key extract from a performance text.
● A monologue or duologue performance/design realisation from one key extract from a different performance text.

Assessment overview
● Externally assessed by a visiting examiner.
● Group performance/design realisation: worth 36 marks.
● Monologue or duologue/design realisation: worth 24 marks.

Component 3: Theatre Makers in Practice
Written examination: 2 hours 30 minutes
40% of the A Level 80 marks

Content overview
● Live theatre evaluation – choice of performance.
● Practical exploration and study of a complete performance text – focusing on how this can be realised for performance.
● Practical exploration and interpretation of another complete performance text, in light of a chosen theatre practitioner – focusing on how this text could be reimagined for a contemporary audience.

Assessment overview
Section A: Live Theatre Evaluation
Students answer one extended response question requiring them to analyse and evaluate a live theatre performance they have seen. Students are allowed to bring in theatre evaluation notes to a maximum of 500 words.

Section B: Page to Stage Realising a Performance Text Students answer two extended response questions based on an unseen extract from the performance text they have studied. Students will demonstrate how they, as theatre makers, intend to realise the extract in performance; responding from the perspective of a performer and a designer.

Section C: Interpreting a Performance
Students will answer one extended response question based on an unseen named section from their chosen performance text. Students will demonstrate how their re-imagined production concept will communicate ideas to a contemporary audience.


Entry requirements

A GCSE Level 6 or above in English Literature/Drama is recommended for Drama & Theatre Studies at A Level, allied with a proven ability and interest in the subject. However, if you do not have a formal GCSE/Level 2 qualification, but have an interest and previous experience in drama, you are welcome to discuss entry to the course with the subject leader.


Please refer to the course content section.

Future opportunities

This course could be undertaken to complement other A level courses, or with the intention to lead onto higher education to study drama, theatre studies, or stage management. With further training, you could go into a job related to Theatre such as an Actor, Stage Management, Company Manager, Lighting Designer or Set Designer. The transferable skills learned on this course will stand any student in good stead entering management positions in most professions. 

Further information

It is expected that Drama and Theatre students attend theatre trips, both through GGS and independently.  We run a ‘Theatre Day’ for A level students – taking them on a backstage tour and or to a theatre production.  We hold a number of productions throughout the year that the students are strongly encouraged to take part in. Where possible we attend workshops by current theatre companies.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 06 March 2018
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