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Drama and Theatre Studies at Queen Mary's High School

Course description

This course is suitable for students who have already undertaken the GCSE Drama qualification (AQA/EDEXCEL) and who have the desire to work at a higher level in terms of performance and written responses.

Course content

Year 12 sees students concurrently working on their scripted practical pieces, whilst also work-shopping a set text in order to develop theoretical and practical understanding, and seeing a good deal of live theatre, to feed into, not only their written theatre review, but also their thinking towards future scripted and devised work. The practical work will be performed in front of a live audience.

In Year 13, students build on the work undertakenin Year 12. They further their
knowledge and understanding of the studied set text to take a more analytical written
paper at the end of Year 13. Candidates will also study an additional set text; knowledge and understanding will be developed through workshops and study time. This theoretical work will feed into the two areas of performance the students will develop; a devised project and performance of three set extracts from three different sources (up to two of them will have been work-shopped during year 12). Again, the practical work will be performed in front of a live audience prior to the examination.

Entry requirements

Grade B or above if you have taken GCSE Drama.
Grade B or above in English Literature if you haven’t taken GCSE Drama.


The course follows a linear structure with written examinations taking place at
the end of Year 13.

The subject content for A-level Drama and Theatre is divided into three components.

A level:
1. Drama and theatre
2. Creating original drama
3. Making theatre

Written paper 3 hours.
Further development of set text studied in Year 12 plus an additional prescribed plays
and live theatre review. 40% of A Level.

Component two: Creating original Drama: practical Process and Presentation of Devised Drama. Devised piece must be influenced by the work and methodologies of one prescribed practitioner. (Also includes candidates’ preparatory and development work through a working notebook.) 30% of A Level.

Component three: 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. (also includes candidates’ submission of a reflective report)
30% of A level.

Future opportunities

Degree courses in Acting/Theatre skills/Literature/Media. All other professions where the key skills would be applicable, such as journalism, counselling, social work. However, all professions/courses where strong communication and problem solving skills would be beneficial.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Queen Mary's High School directly.

Last updated date: 13 September 2016
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