Drama and Theatre AS/A Level 3 at Mayfield Grammar School, Gravesend
The most important skills that you need are collaboration and analytical thinking. You will need to evaluate objectively and develop your awareness of the influence of social and cultural context. Wider reading and a willingness to see live theatre is absolutely essential to succeed when studying this course. Students must be aware there are substantial practical and written elements to this course.
Year 12 and 13
The A Level course allows students the opportunity to study drama as a practical form. Students will create, perform and respond to theatre and develop their own creativity as theatre makers. They will consider the theoretical processes and practices involved in interpreting and performing theatre and how creative and artistic choices influence meaning to an audience. Students will achieve this by focusing on analysing sub text, the practical demands of a text, the relationship between performers and audience, spatial relationships on stage and character motivation and interaction. Students will use theory and practice to explore a range of theatrical periods, styles, and historical and social contexts. Students will consider how texts are constructed to be performed focusing on genre, structure, language, stage directions, and character construction.
This two year course is split into 3 main components:
• Drama and theatre: Students will develop their knowledge and understanding of drama and theatre by studying two set play texts and analysis and evaluate the work of live theatre makers.
• Creating original drama: Students will create their own devised drama influenced by the methodologies of a practitioner.
• Making theatre: Students will practically explore and interpret three extracts from different plays applying methodology of a prescribed practitioner to extract 3.
Grade 6 in GCSE English, Grade 6 in GCSE English Literature, Grade 6 in GCSE Drama .
During both the AS and A Level courses, students will have the opportunity to attend a range of productions to support their written and practical work. The cost of these will be met by the students.
There are a wealth of universities offering Drama courses. These are some of the typical requirements: Exeter AAB-BBB, Kent ABB, Royal Holloway ABB-BBB. Drama Schools including: Rose Bruford College, LAMDA, Arts Educational, Mountview also offer BA courses (Please Note: some drama schools operate through UCAS applications and others have their own application process)
You could go on to do a degree in: Drama and Theatre Studies, English; History; Acting, Lighting Design, Set Design, Costume Design, Journalism, Media, Teacher Training, or any other Arts subject
Career Options: Education; Theatre Director; Theatre Designer; Drama Therapist; Stage Manager; Law; Politics; Human Resources; Writer; Journalism; Author; Sales; Marketing; Screenwriter
The most important requirement is you have a keen interest in the subject and a willingness to actively participate in practical exploration and to discuss and share your ideas with others. Students are expected to make active contributions to the lessons and attend live theatre visits and workshops.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Mayfield Grammar School, Gravesend directly.