Drama and Theatre Studies A Level at St John Fisher Catholic High School
Unit 1: Live Theatre Production Seen and Prescribed Play
1½ hour written paper
Section A: Response to live theatre
Section B: Study of one set play from the viewpoint of actor/director/designer
Unit 2: Presentation of an Extract from a play – Practical
Presentation of an extract from a play – exploring the methods of a nominated theatrical practitioner. The assessment includes preparatory and development work and supporting notes.
Unit 3: Further Prescribed Plays including Pre-Twentieth Century
2 hour written paper
Section A: Study of a pre-20th century play from the viewpoint of actor/director/designer.
Section B: Study of 20th century play requiring suggestions for a complete stage realisation of a short extract printed in the paper.
Unit 4: Presentation of Devised Drama – Practical
Devised Drama exploring a selected theatrical style. The assessment includes preparatory and development work and supporting notes.
Drama GCSE will provide a firm basis for Theatre Studies at A Level. However, whilst it is useful, it is not essential to have Drama experience. Enthusiasm and a love of theatre are the most important qualities. Grade B or above in English Language or Literature is required.
Past students have gone on to become solicitors, journalists, teachers, event managers, TV directors, screenwriters, film operators, costume and set designers and actors, to name only a few. There is an impressive range of universities that offer courses either specific to, or related to Drama and Theatre Studies.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St John Fisher Catholic High School directly.