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Theatre Studies AS and A level at The Emmbrook School

Course description

A-Level Theatre Studies is a well-balanced course offering students extensive opportunities in practical exploration alongside a genuinely academic qualification. You will examine three set texts throughout the Theatre Studies course as well as developing your understanding of a variety of practical approaches and styles. You will be taken to see professional theatre both regionally and in London.

Course content


Unit 1A is the study of live theatrical productions. Students are taken to see live shows and will learn how to produce critical analysis and evaluation of what they see. This will include note-making, which they are allowed to take into the exam with them to support their critical writing.
Unit 1B is the study of a set text. Drama and Theatre Studies at The Emmbrook uses ‘Antigone’ by Sophocles as its text. Students are given a comprehensive guide to classical Greek theatre and use this to interpret and present sections of the text as actor, designer and director.
 Unit 2: Presentation of an extract from a set text. Students will select a text, study it and will present an extract in performance. Their work will be enhanced by workshops to develop their performance ability in relation to specific directors, performance companies and practitioners. These skills will then be applied to the textual extract they perform for assessment.
Unit 3A is the study of a set text. Drama and Theatre Studies at The Emmbrook uses ‘Lady Windermere’s Fan’ by Oscar Wilde as its text. Students are given a comprehensive guide to Wilde’s writing and his particular use of wit and social comment. Students then use this to establish a creative overview of the text that they can then outline directorial strategies for in the exam.  
Unit 1B is the study of a second set text for which we use Timberlake Wertenbaker’s, ‘Our Country’s Good’. The approach to this is the same as for Unit 3A with students establishing creative overviews and interpretations to help them direct a total stage realisation of one extract from the play.
Unit 4: Presentation of a devised drama. Students will work in groups to create an original piece of work that uses a specific theatrical style. This is the most demanding and creative piece of practical work at A-Level, but also the most rewarding and enjoyable! Skills that will be developed: Acting skills, critical and evaluative skills, quality of written communication, negotiation and diplomacy, assertiveness, creativity and originality, a broadening and deepening of theatrical knowledge and understanding in terms of style, genre, period and approach.

Entry requirements

Minimum grade C at GCSE Drama and English.

Financial information

Texts, live performances, a residential weekend at Ufton Court in West Berkshire.

Future opportunities

From A-Level, you can progress to higher level study such as a Drama, Theatre Studies or Performing Arts degree, or seek employment in a theatrical field. You could also use the subject to move onto a specialist drama school.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 01 September 2016

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