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Drama and Theatre Studies - GCE A Level at The Mirfield Free Grammar & Mirfield College

Course description

Drama and Theatre A Level will excite and drive students who have a desire to deepen and extend their knowledge of performance and theatre in practice. It is taught through a fast-paced series of teacher and student led practical workshops, which are complemented by the drama department’s thriving extra-curricular programme. Students embark on a range of components that will allow them to develop skills to interpret texts from a range of different perspectives, such as acting, design and directing.


In Component 1 students develop their creative and exploratory skills to devise an original performance. The starting point for this devising process is an extract from a performance text and an influential theatre practitioner. A written portfolio, which analyses and evaluates the creative process and devised performance, also forms part of the assessment.


For Component 2, students develop and demonstrate their theatrical skills, exploring how they realise artistic intentions in performance. There are two areas of focus: a monologue or a duologue performance from one key extract from one performance text and a group performance of one key extract from a different performance text.


Throughout Component 3, students consider how production ideas and dramatic elements are communicated to an audience from the perspective of a director, a performer and a designer. They consider the methodologies of practitioners and interpret texts in order to justify their own ideas for a production concept. Students research the original performance conditions and gain an understanding of how social, historical and cultural contexts have informed their decisions as theatre makers. Students also critically analyse and evaluate their experience of live performance. As an informed member of the audience they will deconstruct theatrical elements which will help inform their own production choices and develop their own ideas as potential theatre makers.

Course content

Component 1 - Devising

Component 2 - Text in Performance

Component 3 - Theatre Makers In Practice


Entry requirements

General Entry Requirements:Minimum of 5 GCSEs 9-4 or A*-C including English Language and Mathematics

Subject Specific Entry Requirements: Grade 4 in Drama and 4 in GCSE English Language

*Please note with government changes to GCSE grading system (9-1) we reserve the right to adjust subject entry requirements and to withdraw subjects which do not meet minimum numbers.

*All subject specific entry requirements are in addition to the General Entry Requirements


Component 1 – Internally assessed, externally moderated = 40%

Component 2 – Externally assessed by visiting examiner = 20%

Component 3 – Written exam = 40%

Financial information

16-19 Bursary Fund

This scheme was introduced by the Government to help students study. Contributions and payments ‘in kind’ have been made to students to help with their individual identified needs, such as:

   •   Travel

   •   Stationery costs and packs

   •   Books and revision guides

   •   Educational trips/residential trips

   •   University Open Day visit costs

   •   Employment/apprenticeship opportunities


Bursaries are available to students in the following categories:



Category One:

Students who are identified by the government at ‘most vulnerable’ will be eligible for a guaranteed bursary of £1,200.

Category Two:

Family income is below threshold for working tax credits/free school meals.

Category Three:

Students who have an extreme financial barrier, mitigating circumstances and/or a short-term specific educational or independent living cost.

Applications will be issued during Summer 2018 for students to return on Enrolment Day.

For more information contact Sixth Form Admissions on 01924 483666 or email


Future opportunities

Many students go on to study drama and theatre at degree level. Theatre design, directing and stage management are popular options. In addition, courses related to the subject such as performance studies, performing arts and English are also favoured progression choices. We have also had many students go on to pursue law and teaching.

Further information

A passion for all aspects of theatre, especially concerning constructing and deconstructing performance, is essential for this course. The ability to evaluate your own and others performances is a necessity. You will need to demonstrate excellent analytical, creative, critical thinking and extended written skills in order to complete the challenges of this course. Due to the nature of the course, and the skills developed within in, drama and theatre sits well alongside any combination of subjects from English and psychology to the sciences and mathematics.

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: 14 November 2017
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