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AS/A2 Level: Drama at De Lisle College

Course description

Drama & Theatre Studies will introduce you to practical performance and the theory of theatre.


AS/A Level Drama and Theatre Studies could be for you if: - You enjoy working as part of a team - You are a good attender - You value a sense of performance - You are prepared to commit time to your studies - You see the value of a clear link between practical work and written assessment This subject is no soft option as you are required to respond to a whole variety of texts in many different ways. If you show the right commitment you will find the subject very rewarding. The subject provides significant opportunities to meet the requirements of the communications element of the key skills qualification.


Entry requirements

A minimum of 2 B s and at least 3 C s. A B in English is an advantage



Summary of Assessment: This specification is divided into a total of 4 units, 2 AS units and 2 A2 units. Weightings noted below are expressed in terms of the full A Level qualification. AS (2 units) DA1 20% Practical Performance 60 marks (80 UMS) Unit title: Performance workshop For this unit candidates will either act in a group or contribute their chosen technical production skill to a performance from a set text and a devised piece. They will work on the ideas of two practitioners. The unit is internally marked and externally moderated. DA2 30% Written paper (2 hour paper) 120 marks (120 UMS) Open text exam Unit Title: Text in Performance Candidates will answer three questions: ? One pre-1900 text from a prescribed list. ? One post-1900 text from a prescribed list. ? Live theatre review. The unit is externally marked. A LEVEL (the above plus a further 2 units) DA3 30% Practical performance 150 marks (120 UMS) Unit Title: Performance on a set theme Candidates will be expected to work in response to a theme set by WJEC and prepare two performances. In each case candidates will either act or demonstrate a technical production skill with a group of performers. The performers will include: ? scenes/extracts from a published text ? a piece devised by the group An evaluation of performance work for both pieces will be required. The unit is externally marked. DA4 20% Written paper (2½ hour paper) 80 marks (80 UMS) Unit Title: Text in Context 1. Two set texts from a prescribed list: one pre-1900 and one post-1900. This is an ‘open text’ examination – candidates will be asked to discuss the play as a whole, including the following aspects: ? theatrical context ? performance history ? theatrical challenges of text in terms of acting ? theatrical challenges in terms of production skills ? personal reaction to the text 2. Directorial analysis of an unseen text. There will be four sections to the paper: ? ground plan ? design/costume ? lighting/sound ? movement The unit is externally marked.

Financial information

Theatre trips are an integral part of the course for both AS and A2 level.

Future opportunities

A level Drama can lead to a variety of careers and further education prospects. With a qualification in drama you could go onto higher education, drama school or work in the industryWith further training, you could go into a job related to the performing arts such as working in the Film, Television or Theatre industries. You may also like to look at joining a theatre group to increase your drama and theatre experience. The course offers a distinct subject content which provides you with the skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers from lots of industries are looking for. You could take this course to complement other advanced level courses that may be related to the performing arts or to prepare for the A2 part of an Advanced GCE in Drama and Theatre Studies, which could lead onto higher education within the arts or more general higher education courses. Accepted at all Universities including Oxbridge.

Further information

The college holds an open evening in October and prospective students can attend and discuss the course with tutors. Otherwise contact the head of sixth form studies or one of the drama teachers at the school.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact De Lisle College directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years