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Drama A Level at Lytchett Minster School

Course description

The Drama course offers students the opportunity to extend practical and analytical skills. The key features are:

  • Emphasis on practical Drama
  • Developing Directing and Devising skills
  • Individual and group performance work
  • Creativity and independence allowing students to become effective theatre makers

Course content

  • Exploration of two plays through practical application and analytical study including interpretation, language, and creative responses which are assessed through the written examination.
  • Experience of live theatre.
  • Experience group performance to an audience.
  • Interpretative decision-making and opportunity for devising.
  • Contribution to a monologue or duologue.
  • Creative interpretation of original texts.

Entry requirements

Previous experience and some dramatic knowledge are essential. It is expected that students will be willing to give the necessary time and commitment to rehearsal and productions. Students should have obtained a grade 4 or above in English Language and Literature and an A/B grade in practical areas in Drama. Students with minimal Drama experience should discuss the course prior to uptake.


Component 1: Devising - 40% of A Level

Students are required to devise a piece of theatre inspired by a stimulus set by the centre. This unit is divided into two parts: performance and documented porĂ×olio of process.

Component 2: Text in Performance - 20% of A Level

A group performance/design realisation of a key extract from a performance text and a monologue/duologue assessed by an external examiner.

Component 3: Theatre Makers in Practice (Written Examination) - 40% of A level

A 2 hour and 30 minute examination assessed through 3 sections, Live Theatre evaluation, Page to Stage: Realising a Performance Text and Interpreting a Performance Text.

Future opportunities

The course leads smoothly to any university course in Drama, Performing Arts, English, Media, Communication, etc. It provides a solid foundation for any career involving performance, whether theatre, film, media or public relations, law, sales, customer based industries and personnel.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Lytchett Minster School directly.

Last updated date: 22 February 2017
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