A Level Drama and Theatre Studies at Queen Elizabeth's Girls' School
Unit 1 – Exploration of Drama and Theatre (40% of AS) Exploration of two contrasting plays and study of a key practitioner. An evaluation of a live performance.
Unit 2 – Text in Performance (60% of AS) A practical examination of acting in a directed production of a published play. The performance of a monologue or duologue.
Unit 3 – Exploration of Dramatic Performance (40% of A2) A devised performance and written portfolio.
Unit 4 – Theatre Text in Context (60% of A2) Exploration of a set text and review of theatre performance in an historical period.
You will work as a director, a devisor, a designer and a performer to develop Drama from script and other stimuli. You will take part in practical workshops and rehearsals as well as engaging in regular ‘seminar’ style lessons where you will contribute to discussions and make notes. Through this style of learning you will get to grips with Theatre as an art form and understand the development and history of different theatrical movements and styles as well as developing your own skills as a performer.
A minimum of a Grade B in both GCSE Drama and GCSE English Literature is advised.
AS—There is no written exam at AS level, you are assessed on practical and written coursework, completed under controlled conditions as well as in a performance exam to a visiting examiner.
A2—You will be assessed on practical performance and accompanying written work. You will also undertake a written exam at the end of the course.
Many pupils go on to study Drama, Theatre Studies or Performing Arts at university or drama school. Many university courses value this subject as it imparts critical and analytical skills as well as contributing to communication skills. Pupils have gone on to study courses as diverse as Law and Medicine after studying this course.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Queen Elizabeth's Girls' School directly.