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Drama and Theatre Studies (A Level) at Somervale School

Course description

The course explores drama and theatre studies as a practical, intellectual and artistic subject. Students’ creativity and understanding are developed through the active study of major play texts enhanced through practical drama exploration.

In the first year of the course the students are introduced to a number of selected play texts where they are encouraged to consider the fundamentals of drama study including plotting, character, meaning and context.

In the second year students take the lead in the course and become theatre practitioners. The first A level module challenges the group to devise their own piece of unique drama, based on a stimulus introduced by the teacher. The students go on to adapt and perform play scenes, selected and directed by themselves. Final performances of the ‘Devised’ drama take place at ‘the egg’ Theatre, Bath.

In both years there are options for performance support candidates who may be interested in developing their skills as directors or technicians.

Entry requirements

Grade B in GCSE Drama plus an interest in Performing Arts.

Future opportunities

The course would suit anyone interested in going into a career in the Arts such as actor, director or designer. It would also suit students interested in a career in arts administration. More specifically, it would be a valuable starting point for a student wishing to go to Drama School or University to study on a drama course

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Who Might the Course Suit?

It would be advantageous if the applicant has studied Drama to GCSE as the two courses are designed to ensure a progression in student skills. A student needs to be prepared to perform in front of an audience at some point throughout the two years of the course. Additionally, they will be expected to attend live theatre productions as a critical aspect of textual analysis.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 20 April 2015

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