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Drama & Theatre - A Level at Lordswood Sixth Form Centre

Course description

New Linear A Level

Course content

Component 1: Drama and Theatre (written)

Section A: One question (from a choice) on one of the set plays (25 marks)

Section B: One two part question on a given extract from one of the set plays (25 marks)

Section C: One question on the work of theatre makers in a single live theatre production (30 marks)

Component 2: Creating original drama (practical)

Creation and performance of a devised, original piece of drama

Working notebook (40 marks)

Devised performance (20 marks)

Component 3: Making theatre (practical)

Practical exploration and interpretation of three extracts (Extract 1, 2 and 3) each taken from a different play Methodology of a prescribed practitioner must be applied to Extract 3

Performance of Extract 3 (40 marks)

Reflective report (20 marks)

Entry requirements

Although there is no prerequisite to have studied drama at GCSE level, it provides useful grounding for the theoretical elements of the course. It is, however, necessary for candidates to have at least five GCSEs grade A* to C (including English).


One devised performance and notebook (moderated) – 30%

Performance of three extracts (extract 3 externally assessed) and reflective report– 30%

One three hour written exam - 40% of A-level

Future opportunities

A wide variety of higher education courses are available from drama or theatre degrees, to more specialised acting, technical degrees. It also provides the training that is essential for anyone who wishes to study at a drama school.

Further information

What skills do I need to develop to be successful on this course?

In order to be successful in this course it is expected that students will have a passion for drama and performance. They may have taken examinations in the subjects or have a keen extra-curricular interest. It is also vital that students have good communication and co-operation skills, as well as analytical skills and a good grasp of literacy.

What other subjects compliment A Level Drama and Theatre?

Drama and theatre works well in combination with many subjects. Drama and theatre students often study English/English literature, media, music, music technology, art, PE, and dance.

How will I be taught?

Lessons are well-structured with knowledge and understanding taught both theoretically and practically. The majority of the work is completed in groups where students will develop analytical skills, looking at texts and exploring live theatre. There will also be opportunities for independent study and to pursue students’ own individual interests.

What extra-curricular opportunities are there?

Visit to London (to see a musical and a play as well a tour around the Theatre Royal Drury Lane and a West End Theatre Workshop)

Four to six theatre productions in and around the West Midlands

The chance to help facilitate the whole school production.

To work as a mentor with KS3 students in their Drama lessons.

Student Testimonial, why study A Level Drama and Theatre?

Having studied A Level drama throughout my time at Lordswood Sixth Form Centre, I have found the subject to be hugely enriching, both academic and otherwise, and, like all arts subjects, a student will learn the practical skill of essay and critical writing. This is invaluable in every future pathway a student may choose, particularly for university. Through studying A Level drama I have found that I have gained a wider cultural appreciation. Throughout the two years I was introduced to styles of performance which I had never heard nor seen before and this has given a new dimension to my imagination and creativity, something which transcends from my role as an audience member to my own performance work, whether this be through acting, directing, writing, or designing. Studying drama as an A level subject has meant that I have built confidence in myself and my own creative ideas, and I would definitely recommend it to anyone with the same love of the subject as I do. Alice Tomlinson

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Lordswood Sixth Form Centre directly.

Last updated date: 22 November 2015
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