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Drama and Theatre Studies A-Level at The Nottingham Emmanuel School

Course description

This course demands practical, creative and communication skills in almost equal measure. The course allows students to pursue their interests and develop their skills in a range of practical drama elements including acting, directing and other technical aspects of drama. However, the requirements of the specification, with its written paper weighting, also enables the students to gain an entry qualification for courses in higher education whether in the area of Drama and Theatre Studies or in a host of other subjects.

Course content

The specification offers the students the freedom to choose both the content and the form of their practical presentations at each level. At AS candidates perform extracts from two chosen plays selected to illustrate their understanding of an influential director, designer, theatre company or other practitioner. At A2, candidates devise drama on any topic to be performed in a theatrical style of their choice.

  • Assessment for the practical units takes account of the students’ contribution throughout the preparation period as well as their final performance.
  • The practical units are internally assessed and externally moderated.
  • 40% coursework – internally assessed and externally moderated.
  • 60% written paper.

Entry requirements

Students should have a minimum of a Grade C in GCSE Drama or a Grade C in English. Where this course has not been studied at GCSE, a short interview will be required with the Head of Department/Director of Sixth Form

Future opportunities

This course could lead to further study in Drama, Theatre Studies or Performing Arts at University. It complements a range of subjects and is useful in building confidence, improving presentation skills and interacting with others. Past students on the course have gone on to study Law, Journalism, Teaching and Film Studies to name but a few possible options.

Further information

You need to be curious about issues and ideas and have a creative instinct for communicating ideas through the medium of drama. You should have an enquiring mind and be keen to further your interest in and understanding of ‘live theatre’ from the view point of practitioner, performer and as a member of the audience. You will need to offer a high level of commitment and, preferably, evidence of previous study of the subject or involvement with an appropriate outside agency

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Nottingham Emmanuel School directly.

Last updated date: 14 April 2015

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