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Drama & Theatre Studies A Level at Carmel College

Course description

The course looks at the practices and theories of classical and contemporary practitioners and deepens your knowledge and appreciation for theatre’s history and its development. You will be encouraged to develop your acting, creative and collaborative skills and will create innovative theatre pieces that will entertain and challenge audiences.

Throughout the course you will devise and perform scripted pieces of work, read plays, analyse theatre productions and develop your performance skills while theoretically learning about the various styles, techniques and features involved in theatre practice. Drama focuses on creating and developing theatre and Theatre Studies focuses on the analysis of theatre productions and the impact on audiences.

Course content

You will cover four units over the two year course.

The First Year:

DRAM1 - Live Theatre Production Seen and Prescribed Play

Students gain knowledge and understanding of various aspects of live theatre seen during the course. They will enhance their understanding of live theatre from the perspective of an actor, director and designer.

DRAM2 - Presentation of an Extract from a Play

A practical performance is rehearsed and performed from a set work on the course. Students will be involved in the acting, directing and designing of this performance.

The Second Year:

DRAM3 - Further Prescribed Plays including Pre-Twentieth Century

A history of theatre from pre-twentieth century is studied alongside twentieth century/contemporary plays.

DRAM4 - Presentation of Devised Drama

Students work on a devised piece of performance which they will improvise, rehearse and perform in response to a given stimulus/commission.

Entry requirements

You will need GCSE grade B in English Language plus grade B in Drama (or audition if Drama is not studied).


  • 60% written examination
  • 40% practical examination

All examinations will take place in the second year and could be from any topic studied over the two years.

Future opportunities

This course offers a foundation to build on for progress to University to study a Drama/Theatre related course or for progressing to drama school and then potentially into a career in the industry (for example: actor, play writer, director, stage manager or teacher).

Further information

What is the Drama department like?

This is a lively and ever expanding department. Currently there is one designated tutor who teaches on the Drama and Theatre Studies course. The department has a large purpose build Theatre that has an audience capacity of 200. Students are encouraged to use this space for additional rehearsals when they desire. The theory classroom is well resourced with relevant scripts, plays, DVDs and textbooks. Additionally, students have access to the changing rooms which have locker and shower facilities.

What support will I receive?

A range of supportive measures are designed for you to succeed. Lessons are only one aspect of course delivery. Individual tutorials enable students to discuss their progress in more detail. Homework provides the opportunity for a weekly assessment and feedback on progress, whilst unit feedback is more detailed. Opportunities exist for students to work in the theatre space over lunch, break times and after college. The tutor offers support in suggesting suitable theatre visits and sources of information for research purposes.

Technical support is available to assist in workshop procedures. The tutor is open and friendly and lessons are lively and engaging.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Carmel College directly.

Last updated date: 05 September 2016

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