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Drama and Theatre Studies A Level at Hitchin Boys' School

Course description

This course combines the activities of exploring plays, creating theatre, the performing of plays, the analysis of theatre and the critical evaluation of all of these elements.

The first AS unit introduces you to the content of plays written for the theatre. You will learn how to analyse plays in a variety of ways so that you become familiar with the way written plays can be interpreted for realisation in performance. The second unit offers you the chance to demonstrate skills in a performance environment.

The first A2 unit requires the creation of a unique and original piece of theatre. You will be assessed on both the process of creation and the finished product in the form of a performance to an invited audience. The final unit requires the detailed study of one play text and one prescribed historical period of theatrical development. The assessment of the course will be a combination of practical & written coursework and practical and written examination.

This course is designed to help you pursue your interests and skills in a range of practical drama elements including:

  • Acting
  • Directing
  • Costume
  • Setting
  • Mask and technical design

At AS you will perform an extract from any play to illustrate your understanding of an influential director, designer, Theatre Company or other practitioner. You will also see live theatre as well as studying Sean O’Casey’s ‘Shadow of a Gunman’ for your written exam.

At A2, you will devise Drama on any topic to be performed in a theatrical style of your choice as well as studying two further texts for your final written exam (Garcia Lorca’s ‘Blood Wedding’ and Goldoni’s ‘A Servant of Two Masters’).

A Drama and Theatre Studies qualification has the support of higher education institutions as a specialist qualification for drama and theatre related courses but equally it provides a worthwhile experience for students wishing to use it as part of the entry requirements into other subject areas. It is also a useful qualification for students wishing to pursue a career that involves communication and people orientated skills.

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements to our Consortium are 5 A*-C at GCSE or equivalent, including Maths and English, for an advanced level or Level 3 course.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Hitchin Boys' School directly.

Last updated date: 23 March 2015
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Key information

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