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Drama and Theatre Studies A-Level at Coopers School

Course description

The course aims to develop practical, creative and communication skills as students extend their ability to create drama and theatre in a performing or production role. Students will explore a range of practitioners, genres and performance theories as they develop their analytical skills and apply their knowledge to their own work. Most lessons are practical workshop sessions where the level of student contribution is high. The course involves taking part in performances (from scripted plays and devised work) in an acting or design role and it involves seeing and analysing live theatre as well as studying plays and playwrights. Students will approach drama as an actor, a designer and director over the two years of the full A Level course. All students keep a detailed written record of their work and take a written examination at the end of Year 13.

Course content

Component 1: Devising (40%. Internally assessed and externally moderated). You will explore a performance text in the light of a practitioner, and work in a group to devise your own performance in response to a stimulus connected to the text.

Component 2: Text in performance (20%. Externally assessed by a visiting examiner). You will perform or design for a group performance from a performance text. You will also perform a monologue or duologue from a different performance text.

Component 3: Theatre Makers in Practice (40%. Externally assessed through a 2 ½ hour written exam at the end of Year 13). There are three sections to the exam. You will see live performances and write an evaluation of one in the exam. You will study two texts, one alongside the study of a theatre practitioner (e.g. Artaud, Brecht). Your focus in studying these texts will be realising them in performance from a perfomer, a designer and a director’s point of view, and in the exam you will write two answers, one relating to each text.

Entry requirements

GCSE English Language C or better

Future opportunities

University courses for a range of subjects in the Arts, Creative industries, English and Humanities. Drama is also useful for further study in Law, Psychology and Sociology. Specific degrees including acting, drama, theatre studies or applied theatre courses. Drama school to train as an actor or technician.

Drama and Theatre Studies A Level opens doors into careers which value communication skills: Journalism; law; the leisure industry and teaching, as well as careers in the arts industry including management, production and acting.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 08 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years


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