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Drama and Theatre Studies A Level at Stanley Park High School

Course description

This course is for students who enjoy exploring performance texts and who have a passion for the theatre. You will excel in the course if you are extremely dedicated, have superb attendance and have an inquisitive and creative mind.

Course content

You will explore texts, create theatre and perform plays during this course, encompassing both theoretical and practical elements of Drama. You will analyse and evaluate the techniques of performing as well as the production elements of a show. You will also develop an understanding of the history of Drama; comparing and contrasting traditional theatre with contemporary performances. You will study five different performance texts and a variety of theatre practitioners, exploring how they communicate message to their audience’s. On completion of the course you will have a good understanding of theatre as well as obtaining vital communication skills

Entry requirements

A*-B in GCSE Drama and English Literature


Component 1: Devising
Internally assessed, externally moderated Devising a performance based on a key extract of a text and a practitioner. This is supported by a portfolio which will evidence the process.
40% of A Level

Component 2: Text in Performance
Externally assessed
A group performance of a key extract of a text. A monologue/duologue of a key extract of a different text.
20% of A Level

Component 3: Theatre Makers in Practice
Externally assessed 2.5 hour written examination
Section A – “Live Theatre Evaluation”; you will need to pay to attend a live theatre performance and evaluate this.
Section B – “Realising a Text in Performance”; writing about a studied text and how you will direct an unseen extract.
Section C – “Interpreting a Performance Text”; writing about how you have modernised a different studied text.
40% of A Level

Future opportunities

The course can lead to further study in Drama, Theatre Studies and Performing Arts in higher education or at degree level. It may lead to a career in the Performing Arts business. This course also compliments a range of subjects, including Psychology. Drama essentially develops your communication and teamwork skills vital for any career and may also develop your confidence.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Stanley Park High School directly.

Last updated date: 21 March 2017
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