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Drama & Theatre Studies AS & A Level at Hornsea School and Language College

Course description

Drama & Theatre inspires students to become independent theatre makers with the skills they need to go on to higher education. It will enable you to develop your interest and enjoyment in drama, fostering an enthusiasm and critical appreciation of the subject.  Students learn through experience, seeing theatre and making theatre for themselves. Students are introduced to a wide range of theatrical styles and contexts and gain many invaluable skills, both theatrical and  transferable, to expand their horizons.

Course content

Year 12 & Year 13

Component 1: Drama & Theatre
Component 1 is a written exam in which  students are assessed on their knowledge and understanding of how drama is developed and performed and on their ability to analyse and evaluate live theatre. It is divided into 3 sections:

  • Drama through the ages: The focus is interpretation of specific aspects of a set play, adopting the perspective of performer, designer or director.
  • 20th and 21st century drama: Considers how a play may be interpreted in performance to create meaning for an audience from the perspective of director and on performance or design.
  • Live theatre: Students learn how theatre makers collaborate to create theatre, communicating meaning to an audience.

Component 2: Creating Original Drama
Component 2 is practical, students are assessed on their ability to create and develop ideas to communicate meaning as part of theatre making, make connections   between dramatic theory and practice and apply theatrical skill to realise artistic intentions in live performance. Students must complete 2 assessments:

  • produce an individual Working notebook documenting the devising process
  • contribute to a final group performance. Starting points for the devised piece will be chosen by students and must be                   informed by the work and methodologies of one prescribed theatre practitioner.

Component 3: Making Theatre
This is a practical component. Students are assessed on their ability to apply theatrical skills to realise artistic intentions in live performance and analyse their own work. Students must practically explore and interpret 3 key extracts each from a different play and complete 2 assessments:

  • present to an audience applying the work and methodology of a theatre practitioner
  • produce an individual reflective report analysing and evaluating their theatrical interpretation of all 3 key extracts studied.

Entry requirements

5 A*-C GCSEs (including English language). GCSE drama or dance is desirable but it is not essential if you have an ability to     perform and have extensive experience of extra-curricular performance activities.


We want students to have an inspiring  experience of Drama & Theatre. This A-level emphasises practical creativity alongside   research and theoretical understanding. Each exam is designed to allow students to demonstrate their creativity and imagination in interpreting texts and apply independent thinking as they evaluate a live theatre production.

  • Component 1: 40%, externally marked
  • Component 2: 30%, marked internally &  moderated
  • Component 3: 30%, externally marked

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Hornsea School and Language College directly.

Last updated date: 19 January 2017
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