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Drama and Theatre Studies A Level at Ralph Thoresby School

Course description

The A Level Drama and Theatre Studies course combines practical exploration of play texts, opportunities for devising theatre and performance of play scripts with analytical and theoretical study of live performance and set texts. You will need to be both academic and creative in your approach to the course, with an open-mindedness towards both traditional theatre styles and practitioners and more contemporary theatre.


Course content

Component 1: Devising (40%)

Using a set text as a stimulus, and working in the style of a recognised theatre company, students create a brand new piece of theatre to be performed to a live audience. Students will be marked by their teachers on both the piece and a supporting written portfolio.

Component 2: Text in Performance (20%)

Students perform two extracts of script to a live audience, one as a group piece, and one solo monologue. Over the unit, students will workshop and explore the text, learn lines, and direct the piece. Students will be marked by a visiting external examiner.

Component 3: Theatre Text in Context (40%)

Students study two set texts, and focus on how they might be directed and realised in performance. Students will need to understand the original social, political, cultural and historical context of the plays, but also recognise what each might say to a contemporary audience. Although assessed through a written examination, lessons are primarily practical, exploring different ways of staging key scenes. In the exam, students will also write a live theatre review.

Entry requirements

Minimum of 5A*-C at GCSE including Drama*, English and Maths.

*Occasionally, students who did not sit GCSE Drama have successfully completed the A Level course. If you are not currently studying GCSE Drama but are interested, we would arrange a short interview / audition to check suitability for the course

Future opportunities

Throughout the course, we offer a range of theatre visits including an annual residential visit to the National Student Drama Festival. We also have visiting theatre companies showcasing workshops and performances. The experience and qualification an A Level in Drama and Theatre Studies provides can lead to entry to university to study a creative arts subject, film, television and theatre work, workshop facilitation and teaching, events management, presenting and entertainment. 

Further information

Please contact Sam Milnes at for more information. I will also update the Ralph Thoresby website as soon as more specific course details are available.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 10 October 2016
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