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A2 Drama - Academic Pathway at Furze Platt Senior School

Course description

This Academic Pathway course covers both theoretical and practical aspects of Drama and Theatre. Students will gain a comprehensive knowledge of Theatre and develop a good balance between physical performance and academic written work. This course is for students who enjoy reading and watching plays, and taking part in them, whether performing, directing, or designing. It offers students the freedom to choose the content and form of their practical presentations. Drama students at Furze Platt have greatly enjoyed the opportunities that this course offers and have developed into mature, competent actors as well as informed theorists.  Past Drama students have gone off to universities (including Russell Group Universities and Oxbridge), well known Drama schools and into the work place.

Course content

Component 1: Drama and Theatre - In this unit you will study, practically, two plays for a final exam.

Component 2: Creating Original Drama - In this unit you will be learning about the mythologies and practices of three theatre practitioners. You will learn how to create an original piece of theatre and apply a practitioner to your final devised piece (you can be marked as a performer, designer or director).

Component 3: Making Theatre - You will perform, design or direct extracts from three different plays and apply a practitioner to extract three.

Entry requirements

An average of 5- "Attainment 8 score" (largely equivalent to 4 grade 4s and 4 grade 5s) across 8 highest GCSEs including English & Maths.  At least a grade 5 in GCSE Drama and if not taken at GCSE, successfully passing an audition / interview.



Component 1: Three hour written exam on the study of two prescribed plays and the analysis and evaluation of live theatre seen during the course (80 marks). 40% of A Level

Component 2: Moderated performance of a devised performance (20 marks) and a working notebook (40 marks). 30% of A Level


Component 3: Examined performance of an extract from a play (40 marks) and reflective report (20 marks). 30% of A Level


Future opportunities

Career opportunities: Creative writing, journalism, Arts/theatre administration, arts journalism, director, actor, designer, playwright, stage management, theatre management, performer, theatrical agent, technician, broadcasting, media presenting, education, drama therapy and scriptwriting.

Further information

For further information please contact Mrs Bristow, Sixth Form Administrator on or on 01628 625308, extension 236.

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: 10 January 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Course code: ACDR18
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