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Drama and Theatre Studies A Level at Holy Family Catholic School

Course description

A Level Drama and Theatre Studies focuses on working with plays, giving the opportunity to study plays from the point of view of a director, designer, performer and critic. The qualification is designed to enable students to acquire a knowledge and understanding of the language of drama and theatre as well as to develop performing and analytical skills. The full A Level in Drama and Theatres Studies aims to extend the knowledge, skills and understanding acquired in the AS units, by enabling students to apply what they have learned in their own creative work. In devising theatre, students alternate roles between being playwright, performer, designer and director and apply their knowledge of different theatre forms and structures gained from the previous AS units to the creation of their own work. In performing theatre, students are required to apply their knowledge, skills and understanding within the structure of a director’s interpretation of a play and to operate at a highly intellectual level as well as at a highly skilled practical level. The aim of A Level Drama is to enable students to operate more independently and with confidence within a drama and theatre context.

Course content

Component 1: Devising • Devise an original performance piece. • Use one key extract from a performance text and a theatre practitioner as stimuli. • Centre choice of text and practitioner. • Performer or designer routes available.

Component 2: Text in Perfor - mance • A group performance/design realisation of one key extract from a performance text. • A monologue or duologue performance/ design realisation from one key extract from a different performance text. • Centre choice of performance texts.

Component 3: Theatre Makers in Practice • Live theatre evaluation – choice of performance. • Practical exploration and study of a complete perfor - mance text – focusing on how this can be realised for performance. • Practical exploration and interpretation of another complete performance text, in light of a chosen theatre practitioner – focusing on how this text could be reimagined for a contemporary audience


Entry requirements

GCSE Average of 5.5, GCSE Grade C in English, Grade B in Drama.


Component 1: Coursework 40% of A Level.

Component 2: Coursework 20% of A Level.

Component 3: 2 hours 30 minute written exam, 40% of A Level.

Future opportunities

Students completing the course successfully will have a thorough understanding of drama and theatre, highly toned analytical and creative skills and an ability to communicate effectively with others. Drama and Theatre Studies A Level could lead to further study of the subject at degree level. There are a range of academic institutions across the country that offer a degree in Drama and Theatre Studies, or there are more performance based courses, for example a BA in Acting, which can be studied at Drama School.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 06 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years