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Drama & Theatre Studies A Level at The Harvey Grammar School

Course description

Drama & Theatre Studies

Examining Board: OCR Subject Leader: Mrs Rogers


Course Content:

This course encourages students to develop their creativity, communication skills, confidence and team work, alongside developing a variety of dramatic and theatrical skills - including performing, directing and critical evaluation; as well as an understanding and appreciation of drama and theatre in a social, cultural and historical context.

Aims of the course are to encourage students to:

-develop interest and enjoyment in drama and theatre both as participants and as informed members of an audience, fostering an enthusiasm for and critical appreciation of the subject

-develop understanding and appreciation of the significance of social, cultural and historical influences on the development of drama and theatre

-experience a range of opportunities to develop a variety of dramatic and theatrical skills, enabling growth creatively and imaginatively in both devised and scripted work

-integrate theory and practice through understanding of critical concepts and the discriminating use of specialist terminology.

Component 1 – Devising (40%)

In this unit you will create an original piece of theatre using text as a stimulus and keep a devising log to map your progress.

Component 2 – Text in Performance (20%)

In this unit you will perform extracts from a set text as a group, and a monologue from a different text. A minimum requirement of two plays will have to be studied. At least one of the plays must be studied in the light of a recognised influential practitioner. This might be an individual who has made a unique contribution to theatre practice, eg Artaud, Boal, Brecht, Craig, Grotowski, Stanislavsky, or a theatre company that has developed a specific style, eg complicite, Knee High, DV8, Moscow Arts Theatre.

Component 3 – Theatre Makers in Practice (40%)

You will explore a set text, focusing on how it could be performed, from page to stage. In this unit you will also study and evaluate a live piece of theatre, and as a director consider how to stage another set text.


All Drama students will be required to attend evening theatre trips and partake in evening performance work.

Entry requirements

Drama & theatre Studies

Entry Criteria: GCSE grade 6 in Drama or GCSE grade 6 in English (Language or Literature)

Plus:  GCSE grade 5 in English (Language or Literature) and GCSE grade 5 in Mathematics

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: 22 January 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years