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A Level Drama and Theatre Studies - Option B at Arthur Mellows Village College

Course description

Why should I study Drama?

Drama and Theatre is a practical, intellectual and artistic subject. You will explore the structural elements of theatre from the page to the stage. In order to be successful and enjoy this subject, you need to have keen interest in the history of drama, study of practitioners, theatrical forms and conventions that make theatre such a compelling and exciting subject. You must be able to analyse and critically deconstruct the work studied, created and witnessed. It is expected that a good level of English Literature / Language are achieved due to the critical evaluation required within the written work.

Course content

What will I do during the Course?

Lessons are a healthy combination of practical learning supported by the academic theory needed to understand the work being studied. Learning takes place through the following: practical workshops, research, a written portfolio (social/cultural/historical/political), rehearsals, seeing live theatre and exploration of texts. These methods increase understanding of the subject and provide you with more detail and substance to your work.

1: Practitioners in Practice (40%) Learners research and practically explore practitioners the work of others

2: Exploring and Performing Texts (20%) Learners will explore one performance text

3: Analysing Performance (20%) 2 hours 15 minutes written exam

4: Deconstructing Texts for Performance (20%) 1 hour 45 minutes written exam Learners will interpret and explore practically a performance text considering how to create, develop and direct a performance for an audience

Entry requirements

What qualifications do I need to start?

This exciting but demanding course requires great commitment and thinking skills and above all a passion for Drama and Theatre in all its aspects – reading, directing, designing and acting. Teamwork is vital. Drama and Theatre is one of the only A Level subjects where your final result depends on the work of others - and vice versa. The entry requirements are a C or above in GCSE English and B or above in GCSE Drama.

Future opportunities

Where can it lead?

When students study Drama and Theatre Studies at A Level it invests the individual with invaluable skills in articulating thoughts, exploring ideas, sharpening communication skills and providing the ability to work within a group situation both in practical and academic setting. Additionally, students develop their ability to structure longer pieces of writing and use sources to support writing, which is an important skill in preparation for any post 18 study. All of these transferable skills can be used in all subjects and in all careers.

‘Drama is life with the dull bits cut out’ – Alfred Hitchcock


Further information

This specification is currently in draft form awaiting accrediation from OFQUAL.


How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Arthur Mellows Village College directly.

Last updated date: 17 November 2015
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Key information

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