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Drama A Level at The Trinity Catholic School

Course description

1 Exploration of Drama and Theatre
Coursework – 40% of AS, 20% of A-Level
2 Theatre Text in Performance
Examined performance – 60% of AS, 30% of A-Level
Unit 1
In this unit you will study two plays by contrasting playwrights.
• The work undertaken will be both practical and theoretical, requiring you
to produce performance work based on these plays as well as a portfolio of
exploratory notes.
• You will take the role of an actor and a director in a variety of practical
workshops and perform extracts from these plays to an invited audience of
family and friends.
Students are also required to watch a live theatre performance and submit a
written evaluation. All your work for this unit will be marked and assessed by
your teacher.
Unit 2
In this unit you will take part in two assessed performances.
• 1st Performance will be either a short monologue or duologue, directed by
• 2nd Performance will be acting in a group play, directed by your teacher.
As a performer you will have to learn lines, develop your character and
rehearse your scenes. If you have an interest in theatre lighting, set, sound,
mask or costumes design you can discuss the possibility of being assessed as a
performance support candidate instead of an actor.
You will be marked on your acting skills by a visiting examiner.

3 Exploration of Dramatic Performance
Coursework - 40% of A2, 20% of A-Level
4 Theatre Text in Context
Written examination – 60% of A2, 30% of A-Level
Unit 3
In this unit you will create an original piece of theatre, starting from a given
stimulus or play. You will work as a group to create this piece and then
perform it to an invited audience of family and friends. You will also complete
a written portfolio and evaluation to accompany your work. You will be
assessed on your contribution to the process as well as your role(s) within the
final performance and your written analysis. All your work for this unit will be
marked and assessed by your teacher.
Unit 4
In this unit you will study one set play text and one prescribed historical
period of theatrical development.
For section A:
You will explore, both practically and theoretically, how you would
approach directing and rehearsing the set play and prepare a set
of production notes for use in the exam.
For section B:
You will research a set play from a specific historical period and
produce a set of written notes on this research. You will also watch
a live performance of a play written in the same period and produce
a set of performance analysis notes to explore how it was produced
in this contemporary context. The focus of the exam is to compare this
live production with the original performance conditions and your
notes will be structured for this purpose.
Both these sets of notes can be taken into the exam with you, as the basis for
your ‘open book’ written exam (2 ½ hours).

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Trinity Catholic School directly.

Last updated date: 05 November 2014

Key information

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