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Drama & Theatre A Level at Park High School

Course description

A-level Drama and Theatre provides students with the opportunity to gain experience of performance and devising and to develop understanding and critical thinking about theatre and its practitioners / styles.

This course is particularly suitable for students who have studied GCSE Drama, English, Dance or Performing Arts and wish to study Theatre at a higher level. The content allows students to study a subject which can be extended through higher education and promotes a clear understanding of creative study and the wider context of Drama and theatre

Course content

This three-component specification requires students to:

Devise original performance piece through engaging with key texts and theatre practitioners 

Conduct in-depth research to inspire and develop performance work, which informs written portfolio coursework 

Gain experience of performance through practice

Gain in-depth knowledge of specific play texts 

Develop understanding and knowledge as well as critical skills for the analysis of live theatre

Entry requirements

GCSE grades (minimum) required to enrol on this course:

Grade 6 or above in GCSE Grade 5 in GCSE English Language or Literature Grade 4 in GCSE Maths


Unit 1 - Devising - - Devise and perform original performance piece. - Use one key extract from a performance text and a theatre practitioner as stimuli. - Centre choice of text and practitioner. - Creation of ongoing portfolio - Performer or designer routes available - Performance and Written Coursework 20% of qualification

Unit 2 - Text in Performance - 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 - Performance – based Coursework 20% of qualification

Unit 3 - Theatre Makers in Practice - Written Examination 40% of qualification

The practical elements of the course amount to 55% of the full qualification.




Future opportunities

Students who study Drama and Theatre A Level go on to many different professional fields including:

Drama, Technical Theatre, Teaching, Law, Psychology, English, Creative Writing, History, Stagecraft Arts Management, Politics, Sociology

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 12 December 2017
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