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Drama and Theatre Studies A Level at Samuel Ryder Academy

Course description

The A-Level Drama and Theatre Studies course enables students to explore a wide range of theatrical conventions, play texts and practitioners through a combination of practical exploration and written evaluation. This course is suitable for anyone who enjoys visiting the theatre and has a keen interest in acting and/or production elements of the theatre. The course builds on the GCSE Drama course enabling students to explore the subject in more detail with more creative freedom.

During the AS course students explore a range of play texts through practical exploration, live theatre trips and written evaluation. Unit 1 includes “A Streetcar named Desire, Metamorphosis” and “War Horse”. The students learn how to interpret character, plot and how to apply a range of performance skills, such as vocal expression, spatial awareness and nonverbal communication. In Unit 2, students will perform in a production of a play selected and directed by their tutor, along with a monologue or duologue of their choice, to an invited audience and are assessed by a visiting examiner. For this unit, students can choose to act or specialise in a technical production element, such as lighting design.

The A2 course requires students to apply the skills and knowledge gained in the previous year to devise their own original theatrical productions. In unit 3, they work in teams to produce a performance that is clearly influenced and inspired by the practitioners and live theatre they have studied previously. Students are required to work independently, relying less on guidance from the tutor, using their own creative ideas. Unit 4 focuses on the historical context of theatre and production elements. It asks students to step into the role of director and come up with their own interpretation of the play “Dr Faustas”.

As a Drama student you will be attractive to future employers/ tutors and Universities because you will have shown that you can work effectively as part of a team, have initiative and self-motivation combined with self-confidence and an ability to express yourself creatively and reflectively.

Entry requirements

A minimum of five GCSE grades A* to C including English and Mathematics is required in addition to the subject specific requirements for those subjects intended for study at Advanced Level or BTEC.

Candidates are also invited to attend an interview. On the basis of their interviews and in the case of external applications, a report from their current school is also required. An offer of a conditional place may then be made but the offer remains provisional until the students’ results are known.

GCSE grade of B or above in Drama and English.

A love of the arts and an interest in theatre and performance work.

To continue onto the A2 course a D grade or above at AS is required.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Samuel Ryder Academy directly.

Last updated date: 23 March 2015
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Key information

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