Drama and Theatre Studies A Level at Sir William Borlase's Grammar School
Drama and Theatre Studies is an exciting, wide-ranging subject at 16+. The course introduces students to a wide range of theatre, which includes classical and contemporary texts, incorporating a variety of dramatic styles and practitioners. The academic content is rigorous and challenging; at the same time the course encourages students to develop presentational skills and confidence, enabling them to converse articulately on many different levels. Students are able to develop their interest in and enjoyment of drama and theatre, through their development as directors, performers, designers and educated spectators.
This specification provides opportunities for progression to courses in higher education in all related subjects, including English and Modern Foreign Languages, History and Politics, Psychology, Music and Dance. It is supported by all higher education institutions as an entry qualification in other subjects. Equally, it is a highly enabling subject for students wishing to pursue a career that involves communication such as law, education and the arts and media industries. Business employers, for instance, particularly like to see drama on a prospective employee’s CV, because it suggests a high level of presentational and interpersonal skills which they consider to be vital in today’s competitive working environment.
Unit 1: Exploration of Drama and Theatre
Unit 2: Theatre Text in Performance
Unit 3: Exploration of Dramatic Performance
Unit 4: Theatre Text in Context
Sixth Form students are required to take a prominent role in extra-curricular drama such as participating in the Senior School production or assisting with Lower School drama performances and clubs. Visits to a range of theatre productions arranged by the school are also compulsory, since much of the coursework and examination is based on live theatre performances. Students who have studied Drama and Theatre Studies at GCSE level will be at a distinct advantage. However, those who have had an interest in drama outside school and who are already confident on stage can expect to do well in this subject. A good level of written English is also required.
For those studying GCSE Drama, the requirement is grade A. Other students will be considered and the Head of Drama will make an assessment to ensure a student is of comparable standard.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Sir William Borlase's Grammar School directly.