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Drama and Theatre A Level at Dunraven School

Course description

Through this course students will be taught to make, perform, interpret and understand Drama and Theatre whilst developing a critical eye for live performance. Students will engage with a number of important practitioners and texts from a range of movements in theatre history. Working practically and collaboratively with their peers to develop their theatre making skills and creativity, students will become effective theatre makers who can analyse their own work as well as the work of others.
Experiencing live performance is an essential part of the course and students will have the advantage of Dunraven’s generous offering of free theatre visits at The Young Vic, The Old Vic and other London theatres.

Course content

Component 1: Devising (40%)
Component 2: Text in Performance (20%)
Component 3: Theatre Makers in Practice (40%)

Entry requirements

Grade C or above in GCSE Drama and Grade 5 in GCSE English. Students who don’t meet these requirements may be admitted after a successful audition.


Text in Performance
Students are assessed as a performer in a group performance and a monologue/duologue.

Theatre Makers in Practice
Students complete a written examination evaluating a piece of live theatre they have seen and showing how they would interpret an extract from a set text in performance as an actor and a designer. Students also need to complete a question stating how they would apply a practitioner to a different set text to realise their own performance concept as a director.

Devising (A-Level)
Students need to create a piece of original theatre as a group using a published play as a stimulus. Students also need to submit a portfolio (written or recorded) analysing and evaluating their creative process.

Future opportunities

As well as providing a good basis for further study or a career in the arts or media, A-Level Drama and Theatre provides students with a wide range of transferable skills essential in any career. Confidence, presentation, analysis, research, teamwork, leadership and creativity are sought after skills in all fields.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 03 October 2017
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Key information

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