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Drama and Theatre at Bay House School and Sixth Form

Course description

Drama and Theatre offers students the opportunity to explore drama as a practical art form, in which ideas and meaning are communicated to an audience through choices of form, style and convention.

You will:

  • create, perform and respond to drama and theatre
  • develop the creativity and independence to become effective theatre makers
  • explore the relationship between theory and practice in a range of theatrical styles and periods and historical, social and cultural contexts
  • learn how relevant research, independent thought and analysis of live theatre production can inform decision making in their practical work and put this understanding into practice
  • experience the ways in which theatre makers collaborate to create theatre.

Course content

The subject content is divided into three components:

Drama and theatre

  • Show knowledge and understanding of drama and theatre
  • Study two set plays
  • Analyse and evaluate the work of live theatre makers

Creating original drama

  • show an understanding of the process of creating devised drama
  • Perform a devised drama that is influenced by the work and methodologies of one prescribed practitioner

Making theatre

  • Practically explore and interpret three script extracts each taken from a different play
  • Apply the methodology of a prescribed practitioner
  • Perform one extract as a final assessed piece
  • Create a reflective report analysing and evaluating theatrical interpretation of all three extracts

Entry requirements

  • English Language – C                        
  • (In total, at least two B grades in literate subjects, preferably to include English Literature.)


Drama and theatre

This is assessed through a written exam worth 40% of A Level

Creating original drama

This is assessed through a working notebook and a Devised Performance This is worth 30% of the A Level

Making theatre

This is assessed through the performance and the report. It is worth 30% of the A Level

Future opportunities

It is particularly suitable for those wishing to pursue arts-related degree courses.  It is relevant for those wishing to pursue a career in the theatre, film or television. 

It is also useful for any career involving communications or public relations.

Further information

Rehearsal commitments

Prospective students need to be aware of the extra commitment required for after-school rehearsals and prior to public performance of assessed material.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Bay House School and Sixth Form directly.

Last updated date: 22 March 2016

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