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Drama and Theatre Studies A Level at Amersham School

Course description

A Level Drama is an exciting, entertaining and enlightening subject. Studying Drama gives you an inspiring chance to put yourself in the shoes of some of the most celebrated playwrights’ most well-known characters.

There are a number of similarities with GCSE Drama, but also a number of differences. The course is still largely practical, however, the approach is far more thoughtful and analytical. At GCSE level the focus was on our ability to work in a practical way, at A Level we build on this by thinking about what it is that we are doing, how we are doing it and why.

Throughout the course, we will be looking at a number of different plays and playwrights from different periods in theatrical history. You will be assessed on your practical acting preparation and performance, as well as your ability to write about the theatre, its practitioners and the plays we have studied.

Course content

Unit 1: Drama and Theatre:

In this unit students will answer questions on set texts studied and live performances seen. Possible texts:
- The Servant of Two Masters – Goldoni
- Hedda Gabbler – Ibsen
- Jerusalem - Butterworth
- Yerma – Lorca
- The Glass Menagerie – Williams
- Bronte – Teale

Unit 2: Creating Original Drama:
In this unit, students will go through the process of creating devised drama. They will use the work of a theatre practitioner to influence their ideas and the shape of the piece. They will write about the process and then perform the devised piece to the moderator.

Unit 3: Making Theatre:
This unit comprises a practical exploration of three extracts from different plays. Students will then need to create a reflective report analysing their theatrical interpretation of all three extracts. Their chosen extract will then be developed in groups using the influence of a practitioner, before ultimately being performed before an examiner.

Entry requirements

8 GCSE Grades A*- C or point equivalent


Unit 1: Drama and Theatre
- Written Exam – 3 hours
- 40% of the A Level

Unit 2: Creating Original Drama
- Practical and Written Assessment
- 30% of A Level

Unit 3: Making Theatre
- Practical and Written Assessment
- 30% of A Level

Future opportunities

Drama naturally lends itself to further study and work in the theatrical and performing world:
- Acting
- Dancing
- Directing
- Stage Management
- Set Design

However, the skills and confidence gained in Drama can help you in any other form study or work, such as:
- Marketing
- Advertising
- Business presentations
- Management and leadership
- Outdoor pursuits and sports
- Teaching

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Amersham School directly.

Last updated date: 22 August 2017
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