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Theatre Studies (Drama) A level at Francis Combe Academy

Course description

Any student who has an interest in theatre styles, genres and practitioners is suitable for this course. Students who like to perform and study plays, as well as direct and create original performances. This course Is both practical performance and theoretical study and will suit students who enjoy both the history and analysis of theatre as well as the performance. 

Course content

During the course you will study a variety of plays from a number of genres, styles and time periods. You will look at a variety of theatre practitioners, genres and styles practically and theoretically. You will put your knowledge into practise through a devised piece of original theatre, and a performance of a play. You will also approach text from the perspective of a director, and visit the Theatre and various theatre workshops which will build up your knowledge of theatre. 

Entry requirements

General entry requirement for a 2 year programme of 3 or 4 A levels including the facilitating subjects, is a mostly A*/B profile at GCSE, including 5 A* - C grades, including grade 5 maths and English.

General entry requirement for a 2 year programme of 3 A levels, or a combination of A levels and vocational qualifications, is a mostly B/C profile at GCSE including 5 A* - C grades, including grade 4 English.


Component 1 - Devising - 40%

Purpose - Devise an original performance piece in a group, in response to a given text and practitioner. 

  1. 1 performance piece
  2. Portfollo - either
    • written (3000 Words), or
    • Recorded (verbal 10-15 Minutes). 

Component 2 - Performance - 20%

Purpose -To perform a scripted extract as part of a group, and as an Individual. 

  1. Group performance of a short extract from a scripted piece.
  2. Performance of a Monologue / Duologue. 

Component 3 - Written examination -40%

Purpose - Explore theatre texts from the perspective of a director. 

  1. Written examination - taking place at the end of the two years.
  2. 1 x Live Theatre Evaluation
  3. 1 x Response to the set text - as a director
  4. 1 x Interpretation of an unseen text - as a director. 

Future opportunities

Students completing this course go on to study Theatre and Performance, Media, Acting and Media /Film courses.

This A-Level is an academic qualification which compliments English, History, Sociology, Psychology and Media Studies. It Is also a facilitating subject for students wishing to study English Literature at University.

This course also provides students with core skills in analysis, evaluation, creation and communication, which are desirable skills in a number of career paths, not always linked to Theatre or performance. These include Teaching, Marketing, and Events management, PR, Leisure and Tourism. 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Francis Combe Academy directly.

Last updated date: 03 November 2017
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