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Drama & Theatre A Level at Riddlesdown Collegiate

Course description

Drama and Theatre requires students to explore, perform and direct a variety of play texts, devise original performance, analyse theatre and production values and critically evaluate the work of practitioners and playwrights.


Course content

Throughout the course you will study significant theatre practitioners, developing your understanding of both theatrical history and contemporary theatre.

Entry requirements

Specific Requirements & Skills Required:

GCSE English Language (6); GCSE English Literature (6) 

An enthusiasm for practical work 

A willingness to develop as a performer  An enthusiasm for performing 

A high standard of literacy 

The ability to research and make connections between the theatre and performing for a modern audience 

The ability to produce a high standard of work independently 

Discipline to research independently 

An open, inquiring mind and an ability to discuss Drama in an intellectual way


Component 1: Devising - 40% of the qualification - Students will devise an original performance piece, using a key extract from a performance text and a theatre practitioner as stimuli. This is internally assessed and externally moderated. There are two parts to the assessment:

1. A portfolio (30% of the qualification)

2. The devised performance (10% of the qualification)

Component 2: - Text in Performance 20% of the qualification - There are 2 parts to the assessment:

1. A group performance of one key extract from a performance text. (12% of the qualification)

2. A monologue or duologue performance from one key extract from a different performance text. (8% of the qualification)

Component 3: - Theatre Makers in Practice. Written examination: 2 hours 30 minutes 40% of the qualification There are 3 parts to this assessment:

1. Live theatre evaluation

2. Practical exploration and study of a complete performance text – focusing on how this can be realised for performance.

3. 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.

Future opportunities

Typical career paths arising from this course are jobs in the performing arts industry, the media, teaching and literary fields. There are many courses at University that approach the subject from both a practical and theoretical basis and many will combine other subjects such as History, Classics or English. There are a number of specialised Drama Schools that offer performance or technical based courses, such as RADA, The Central School of Speech and Drama and East 15. These types of courses could lead to work in the professional theatre or television.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Riddlesdown Collegiate directly.

Last updated date: 19 December 2017
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