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Drama and Theatre Studies A Level at Twyford CofE High School

Course description

Drama is suitable for students who enjoy performance, studying plays and watching and analysing live theatre. The specification does encompass a significant amount of written coursework and a written exam for component 3, therefore students should select this course if they have a grade 6 or above in English literature and enjoy analysing texts and critiquing live theatre. The course is not ideally suited for students who would like to only study acting and performance skills as although there are practical elements, it is an academic course.

Course content

The A-Level Drama course combines a variety of devised and scripted performance work as well as a written exam which will allow you to analyse plays from an actor and director perspective. Over the two years you will study a range of engaging classical and contemporary texts from different genres and explore the social, historical and political context of each play. You will work in performance groups to create your own devised performance using influences from practitioners which will be performed to a target audience. Over the duration of the course, you will continue to develop and deepen your performance skills, learn about the social, historical and cultural aspects of a play and focus on the range of practitioners and styles of theatre.

Entry requirements

Grade 6 in Drama GCSE or Grade 6 in a Performing Arts qualification and Grade 6 in English (Literature or Language).


Component 1 : Devised performance – 40% of A-Level (80 marks — 40% of total A-
A 25 -40 minute devised group performance which is based on a stimulus and influenced by a recognised practitioner. (20 marks)
A 3000 word portfolio of work to document the devising process (60 marks—20% of total A-level)

Component 2 : Text in Performance – 20% of A-Level
Section A: In groups of 3-6, students perform a 20-40 minute performance of a text of their choice (36 marks)
Section B: Students perform a monologue or duologue performance. (24 marks)
Both Section A and B will be performed to an external examiner
Component 3 :
Theatre Makers in Practice– 40% of A-Level (80 marks—40% of total A-level)
This is a 2.5 hour written exam completed in June of Year 13
Section A: Evaluation of live theatre question (20 marks)
Section B: Two questions on the set text ‘Accidental death of an Anarchist’ (36 marks)
Section C: One question on how students would direct the set text ‘Woyzeck’ (24 marks)

Future opportunities

Degree courses in subjects such as Drama and Theatre Studies, Performing or Creative Arts, Technical performance courses (lighting, sound, stage manager) English Literature or Media. Employment opportunities in the industry include a wide range of performance, directing and support roles in theatre, Television, film, broadcasting, community work and education.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Twyford CofE High School directly.

Last updated date: 14 December 2017
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