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Drama and Theatre Studies A Level at Sir Henry Floyd Grammar School

Course description

Drama and theatre A Level aims to extend your knowledge, imagination, sensitivity and insight into the complexities of theatre and to explore the nature of dramatic experience. You will acquire a knowledge and understanding of the language of drama and theatre as well as develop your performing and analytical skills, operating more autonomously, and with confidence, within a drama and theatre context.

To follow the course successfully, a genuine interest in the theatre and drama is necessary. You will need to be curious about issues and ideas and have a creative instinct for communicating your views through drama. You may be keen on acting, writing or on the visual and technical aspects of theatre and wish to develop your skills in some or all of these areas. Moreover, you must be able to work co-operatively within the group.

Course content

You will develop the following knowledge, understanding and skills throughout the course:

  • The theatrical processes and practices involved in interpreting and performing theatre.
  • How conventions, forms and techniques are used un drama and live theatre to create meaning.
  • How creative and artistic choices influence how meaning is communicated to an audience.
  • How performance texts are constructed to be performed, and to convey meaning.
  • How performance texts are informed by their social, cultural and historical contexts, and are interpreted and performed for an audience.
  • The connections between theory and practice in a range of periods, theatrical styles, social, historical and cultural contexts.
  • How relevant research, independent thought and analysis of live theatre informs decision making in their own practical work.
  • How theatre makers collaborate to create theatre.
  • Create and develop ideas to communicate meaning as part of the theatre making process.
  • Make connections between dramatic theory and practice.
  • Apply theatrical skills to realise artistic intentions in live performance.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of how drama and theatre is developed and performed.
  • Analyse and evaluate their own work and the work of others.

Entry requirements

A student wishing to study drama and theatre should have at least a grade B in GCSE drama. There is no pre-requisite to have studied drama at GCSE, but in this case you will need to have at least grade 5 in GCSE English.


Component 1: Theatre Workshop - Internally assessed practical work and written creative log. (20 per cent)
~ Create, develop and perform a piece of theatre based on a reinterpretation of an extract from a text, based on the work of an influential theatre practitioner or a recognised theatre company. Acting or design option available.

Component 2: Text in Action - Externally assessed practical work and written process and evaluation report (40 per cent)
~ Create, develop and perform two pieces of theatre based on a stimulus:
1. A devised piece using the techniques and working methods of either an influential theatre practitioner or a recognised theatre company (a different practitioner or company to Unit 1).
2. An extract from a text in a contrasting style.
Component 3: Text in Performance - Externally assessed 2½ hour written examination (40 per cent)

~ Section A and B are open book (clean copies) questions. Section A and B will focus on two questions, based on two different texts, one written pre 1956 and one written post-1956. Section C is a closed book question based on a specified extract from The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.

Future opportunities

A-Level drama and theatre is valued as part of a well-rounded education. It instils self-confidence and nurtures creativity.

Students of A-Level drama & theatre can progress to many university and Higher Education courses with a creative or cultural element such as English, American studies, drama, creative writing, theatre production, stage management, dance, music, choreography, musical theatre. Studying at a specialist drama school can lead to professional work in the entertainment field. Teaching, arts administration and journalism are other possible career paths

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Sir Henry Floyd Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 14 November 2016

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