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Theatre Studies (Drama) A Level at Plymouth High School for Girls

Course description

If you enjoy subjects that require a practical and creative approach to the exploration of texts then A Level Drama and Theatre studies will provide you with many opportunities to develop your own interpretations and performance skills. You will also gain a new understanding of the great theatre practitioners and companies, as well as an appreciation of how Theatre has developed through time.

Entry requirements

Our expectations are that students applying to study this Level 3 course for 2 years will have achieved a good GCSE grade. A grade B or above in this subject (or an equivalent Level 2 qualiÚcation) is required. All students will be considered on individual merit. Our expectations are that students must be both committed and enthusiastic. Ability for group co-operation is also essential.


Pupils who opt for this course will study 3 diÙerent units over the two years

UNIT 1: Devising (40% of the qualiÚcation) – Students will be required to devise an original performance piece using one key extract from a text and one theatre practitioner as stimuli. They will also be required to produce a portfolio of written evidence which records the process undertaken; this is 2500-3000 words

UNIT 2: Text in Performance (20% of the qualiÚcation) – Students are required to further demonstrate their performance skills by completing:

1. A monologue or dialogue from one key extract from a performance text.
2. A group performance and one key extract from a performance text.

UNIT 3: Theatre makers in Practice (40% of the qualiÚcation) – This is a written examination the duration of which is 2 hours 30 minutes and contains three sections.

Section A: Live Theatre Evaluation
Students answer one extended response question from a choice of two requiring them to analyse and evaluate a live theatre performance they have seen- students are allowed evaluation notes up to a maximum of 500 words.

Section B: Page to Stage
Students answer two extended response questions based on an unseen extract from a performance text studied. Students answer from the perspective of a performer and a designer and they explain how they, as theatre makers, intend to realise the extract in performance

Section C: Interpreting a Performance Text
Students answer one extended response question from a choice of two using their chosen text. Students will demonstrate how their re-imagined production concept will communicate ideas to a contemporary audience and will also outline how the work of their chosen theatre practitioner has inÛuenced their concept. Students must also demonstrate an awareness of the text in its original performance condition.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 03 March 2017

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