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Drama and Theatre Studies A level at Bishop Thomas Grant Catholic Secondary School

Course description

Component 1: Drama & Theatre 
  • Knowledge and understanding of drama and theatre. 
  • Study of two set plays, 
  • Analysis and evaluation of the work of live theatre makers. 
Component 2: Creating Original Drama 
  • Process of creating devised drama. 
  • Performance of devised Drama. 
Devised piece must be influenced by the work and methodologies of one prescribed practitioner. 
Component 3: Making Theatre 
  • Practical exploration and interpretation of three extracts taken from a different play.
  • Methodology of a prescribed practitioner must be applied to Extract 3.
  • Extract 3 is to be performed as a final assessed piece. 
  • Reflective report analysing and evaluating theatrical interpretation of all three extracts. 


Course content

Students must acquire, develop and apply skills in: 
  • forming critical judgements 
  • responding to texts imaginatively  
  • practically exploring the use of voice, movement, staging and characterisation  
  • practically exploring ways in which the ideas of the director & designers are interpreted in performance 
  • the use of an appropriate subject-specific terminology 
  • analysing the ways in which different performance and production elements are brought together to create theatre 
  • applying practitioner methodology to their own dramatic interpretations 
  • using research to develop ideas in a variety of contexts. 


Entry requirements

Grade B in GCSE Drama

Grade B in GCSE English Language 


Component 1: Drama & Theatre 

Written exam: 3 hours; 40% of A-level

Component 2: Creating Original Drama

Working notebook; Devised performance; 30% of A-level 

Component 3: Making Theatre 

Performance of Extract 3; Reflective report; 30% of A-level 

Future opportunities

Students can progress from this qualification to: 
  • drama schools, university courses that relate directly to drama and theatre as well as university courses that will benefit from the skills acquired from this GCE, for example law, human resources, people management
  • employment where people skills are essential, for example management, retail, nursing, industry and business environments as well as employment where time management, confidence, the ability to work collaboratively and to meet deadlines are desirable. 

Many students have progressed to study university degrees in the field of theatre.

Further information

The Drama department offers a variety of extra-curricular opportunities including a lower school drama club.  Several trips to the theatre are offered throughout the year as well as Professional Theatre Companies coming into the school to present issue-based drama, often including a participatory workshop for the students.  Our students at KS5 have become members of The National Youth Theatre, The Young Vic Theatre or have joined The Brit School.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Bishop Thomas Grant Catholic Secondary School directly.

Last updated date: 01 December 2016
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