Drama and Theatre Studies A Level at Appleby Grammar School
Theatre Studies looks at the practices and theories of classical and contemporary playwrights, directors and practitioners of drama. The aim of the course is to expand and deepen students’ knowledge and appreciation of theatre in its entirety, its history, its development and its position in contemporary society. It is a course which combines practical and theoretical elements but the theory is explored through practical work wherever possible.
Drama and Theatre Studies is an intellectually challenging and artistically rewarding subject that explores the history of drama and analyses the theatrical forms, practitioners and stylistic approaches that take a production from page to stage. The course is designed to instill a thorough understanding of both practice and theory and offers plenty of scope for development of performance-based skills. You will take part in a variety of practical workshops and have the opportunity to study play texts, look at different theatre practitioners and companies as well as performing your own work, both scripted and devised. You will also learn and apply directing skills practically and to texts studied.
As a student on the Drama and Theatre Studies course, you will be expected to see as much live theatre as possible and to actively explore new ideas and forms of performance. Trips to see professional productions in a variety of regional venues are organised on a regular basis and you will learn how to analyse and critically deconstruct these experiences, as well as other works you study or create yourself. The more productions you see, the wider your knowledge and experience will become!
As with other Performing Arts subjects, the dedication, motivation, teamwork, confidence and organisational skills that underpin success will add genuine value to any university, apprenticeship or employment application.
Because the course has a 60% theory component, good essay writing skills are essential and students therefore need at least a GCSE Grade 4 in English Literature or Language.
Students do not have to have done GCSE Drama!
We appreciate that not every school offers this option or that it is feasible for every student in terms of their other options for GCSE. Students need to be confident enough to perform in front of their peers and willing to experiment with various styles of text and acting or have the skills to develop their design ideas in the theatre.
Students must also be willing to come on theatre trips and spend time in rehearsals, some of which are after school.
Theatre Studies is a well respected and established A-level widely recognised as developing not only the course requisite skills, but also public speaking skills, confidence, working as part of a team and the ability to express complex ideas both orally and in writing. A qualification in Theatre Studies is worth as many UCAS points as any other A-Level.
Students with a Drama A-Level have gone on to do all sorts of degrees and careers: law, acting, theatre studies, psychology, English, medical professions, teaching, sociology, history, costume design, creative writing, the police force, ICT, media and chemistry to name just a few.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Appleby Grammar School directly.