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Drama and Theatre Studies A Level at Trinity Catholic High School

Course description

This qualification emphasises practical creativity alongside research and theoretical understanding. Students learn through experience, seeing theatre and making theatre for themselves. Students are introduced to a wide range of theatrical styles and contexts as they explore plays practically, devise and work on performances. Students choose to develop as a: performer, designer (lighting, sound, set, costume, puppets), director or combination of these.

Whichever option they choose, students will gain many invaluable skills, both theatrical and transferable, to expand their horizons.

Course content


Paper 1 - Interpreting drama (Written exam- Open book)
40 % of total marks
1 hour 45 Two questions on the set text, Antigone by Sophocles (50 marks)
One question on a piece of live theatre (30 marks)

Paper 2 - Process and Performance (Teacher assessed exam)
60% of total marks
Practically explore two key extracts from contrasting plays applying the ideas of an influential theatre director/designer/practitioner
Performance of one extract to an audience (30 marks)
Portfolio (written/video) of the process (30 marks)


Paper 1- Drama and Theatre (Written Examination- Open book)
40% of total marks
3 hours

Split into three sections:
A - One question from a set play Antigone, by Sophocles (25 marks)
B –Two questions from a the set play Metamorphosis by Steven Berkoff (25 marks)
C- One Question about a Live Theatre Production seen (30 marks)

Paper 2 - Devised Performance (Teacher assessed exam)
30% of total marks
Devised performance influenced by a theatre practitioner (20 marks)
Working notebook about the process (40 marks)

Paper 3- Making Theatre (marked by visiting examiner)
30% of total marks
Practical exploration of 3 extracts from contrasting plays
Performance of one extract in the style of a theatre practitioner (40 marks)
Reflective Report (20 marks)

Entry requirements

6 GCSE grades A* - C to include GCSE English Literature level 5 or above and GCSE English Language level 5 or above. In addition, where Drama is taken at GCSE level, the grade obtained must be a B or above, or if GCSE not taken then evidence or other drama courses or performances may be required.

Future opportunities

A-level Drama and Theatre Studies is useful for students considering Higher Education in any arts or humanities subject including English Language and Literature, Journalism, Dance, Music, Art and Design, and Media and Film Studies. Career opportunities for students who study A-level Drama and Theatre Studies include: Arts/theatre administration, arts journalism, director, actor, designer, playwright, stage management, theatre management, theatrical agent, technician, broadcasting, media presenting, television and film production, education, drama therapy and scriptwriting

The study of drama also develops the following skills that employers look for: Creativity, communication and presentation skills, collaboration and practical skills in theatre making.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 30 March 2017
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