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A level Drama at Garforth Academy

Course description

The course requires students to be able to develop their devising & practical skills within the context of a deeper understanding & knowledge of Drama and Theatre as a cultural & artistic activity. The syllabus encourages research and exploration of issues and ideas within the learner's own work and the work of others. It also enables learners to gain a more thorough appreciation and experience of the process of creating drama and theatre and performing to an audience.

The syllabus coves the full spectrum of dramatic activities and complements the previous structure and experience of GCSE level. As well as acquiring the skills involved in creating and performing Drama and Theatre, you will develop other essential skills such as working with others, problem solving, research and communication which are essential preparation for further study, employment and future adult life. You will find that Drama and Theatre will help you feel more self-confident and prepare you to deal with a range of different situations and people.

Course content

Component 1: Theatre Workshop – Non-exam assessment – 20% of total grade

Students participate in the creation, development and performance of a piece of theatre based on a reinterpretation of an extract from a text chosen by the exam board. The piece must be developed by using the techniques of an influential theatre practitioner or theatre company.

Component 2: Text in Action – Non-exam assessment – 40% of total grade

Students again create, develop and perform two pieces of theatre based on a stimulus supplied by WJEC. They must incorporate two styles across the performances using the techniques of an influential theatre practitioner or company (different to component 1) and an extract from a text in a different style chosen by the student. These are assessed by a visiting examiner from the board.

Component 3: Text in Performance – Exam (2½ hours) – 40% of total grade

The exam consists of 3 sections. Section A and B require students to answer two questions based on two different texts, one written pre-1956 and one written post-1956. There are five choices of text for each period and one from each will be chosen for close study to prepare for the exam. Section C requires students to answer a question based on an extract from The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time which will be released in March prior to the exam.

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at Grades 9-4 including a 5 in GCSE Drama (if taken), a passion for performance is essential.


Written Exam: 40%

Coursework: 60%

Future opportunities

A Drama A-Level can lead to further study in drama, theatre studies and performing arts in higher education at degree or HND level or drama school. It can be used as part of your course to broaden yor studies and may lead on to a career in the performing arts industries. This course will enable you to dvelop the skills and qualities that are essential for all career aspirations.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 07 November 2018
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