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Drama and Theatre Studies AS and A Level at Emmanuel College

Course description

This course allows students to develop their acting skills, directing and devising skills and to further develop their understanding of the history of theatre, influential practitioners and playwrights.

The course is equally practical and academic and students will work in groups for performance units and study of set texts. Students will work individually for reviews of live theatre productions, practitioners and playwrights at work.

To complete the course students will be required to sit a written exam on set texts and live performances as well as present practical performance work to an invited audience in both Years 12 and 13.

Course content

A Level Theatre Studies assessment components:

Component 1: Written Paper  

• Section A: set text 1: Drama through the Ages (AS)

o One of these set texts will be studied.

Carlo Goldoni - The Servant of Two Masters

Henrik Ibsen - Hedda Gabler


• Section B: set text 2: 20th and 21st Century Theatre (A2) 

o One of these set texts will be studied.

Steven Berkoff - Metamorphosis

Polly Teale - Bronte


• Section C: Live Theatre seen – review

o Students will need to attend all arranged theatre visit to enable them to review live theatre for this section.

Component 2:  Creating original drama: Devising. 

Component 3: Making theatre: Scripted Performance 

Students must practically explore (workshop) and interpret three key extracts, each from a different play and complete two assessment tasks including a written reflective report.

Entry requirements

Students should achieve at least a B grade at GCSE; in addition students must have a subject teacher recommendation.

Students who have not taken GCSE Drama must have LAMDA or production experience or be able to illustrate commitment to performance outside of college.

 audition will take place for entry onto the course without GCSE Drama.


A Level Theatre Studies assessment components:

Component 1: Written Paper 40% 3 hours; 3 Sections

Component 2: Practical Coursework 30% 

 Students will be required to produce an individual Working notebook [40 marks] 

 • Students will be required to contribute to a final devised, group performance [20 marks] 

Component 3: Practical Coursework 30%

Written exams will take place in May or June of each year and the practical performances in March or April.

The written exams are externally set and marked, whereas the practical work is internally assessed and then moderated by a visiting AQA moderator.

Financial information

Please note, to complete this course it is essential to visit the theatre up to four times each year and to purchase plays for practical performances. Therefore it is advised that there will be a cost of approximately £50-£60 per year to complete the course. In addition, for practical work, theatre studies students will need to wear a Drama Department T-Shirt which can be purchased from the college uniform shop (approximately £8). A pair of black jazz pants, jogging bottoms or thick leggings will also be needed, along with practical footwear.

Future opportunities

Drama and Theatre Studies illustrates to a university or employer an ability to be creative and work collaboratively with others as part of a productive team. It is an essential preparation for a degree in Drama or Drama School training. As a subject it also combines well with other Arts subjects, History and English Literature or Language.  Careers possibilities following additional training include: performer, actor, director, producer, teacher, drama and theatre workshop leader, youth worker, and children’s entertainer. In addition all roles within the theatre require a keen interest in drama, from dressers to stage managers to theatre administrators.

Skills developed during this course are also relevant to many academic and professional occupations. The armed forces, emergency services, medical profession and financial sector all recognise the skills developed during drama work and use role-play extensively within their training.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Emmanuel College directly.

Last updated date: 30 November 2016

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