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Drama and Theatre Studies at Framwellgate School

Course description

Why Study Drama and Theatre Studies?

Theatre Studies allows you to develop your passion for and love of drama and theatre, focusing on theatrical ideas, concepts and plays in a practical manner. The A-Level is designed to allow you to express creative and interpretative freedom through the application of techniques explored in class and experiences outside of the classroom.

As a component of a full A-Level portfolio, it provides inspiration as well as critical and practical skills for other subjects (for example, the potential to analyse and interpret text, the ability to plan and perform, the capacity to work as a member of a team). Through the group-oriented approach to learning, you will develop confidence, communication and other life skills.

As a Theatre Studies student, you will attend and perform in a number of live theatre productions, the plays you see and study will provide you with a wider understanding of historical and cultural contexts, broadening your appreciation of an art form which has existed for over 3000 years. You will study important plays and theatrical practitioners in order to understand the connections between theory and practice.

A-level Theatre Studies is useful for any student considering Higher Education in any arts or humanities subject including English Language and Literature, Journalism, Dance, Music, Art and Design and Media Studies.

Career opportunities include: Arts/theatre administration, teaching, journalism, directing, acting, designing, writing, stage management, theatre management, theatrical agent, technician, broadcasting, media presenting, education, drama therapy and scriptwriting or indeed any vocation which involves the requirement to think creatively, work as a member of a team or produce practical outcomes.

Features of the Course

Both AS and A2 Theatre Studies courses are divided into theoretical and practical programmes of study.

At AS level, you will be required to attend a number of live theatre productions. Some visits will be organised by the school, but any piece of theatre you see as a member of an audience is valid for study. You will also study one of the first plays ever written, which you will consider in terms of its potential in performance. For the practical side of the course, you will perform an extract from a published play based on your understanding of particular styles of theatre or the work of a particular director or company.

At A2, you will study two further plays from different periods. The practical component requires you to devise a short play in a theatrical style of your choice. Within the practical aspects of both AS and A2, there is the potential to work as an actor, director or designer, depending upon your personal specialisms or areas of interest.


Modules covered in Year12:

Unit 1 : Live Theatre Production seen and prescribed play

Unit 2 : Presentation of an extract from a play

Assessment in Year 12

Examinations: 60% of AS, 30% of A Level -1 hour 30 minutes written exam.

One question from each of two sections:

Section A - response to live theatre seen during the course

Section B - study of one set play (Antigone by Sophocles)

Coursework: 40% of AS, 20% of A Level—Practical Performance

Performance of an extract from a published play including preparatory and development work and supporting notes.


Modules covered in Year 13:

Unit 3: Further prescribed plays including pre-20th Century

Unit 4: Presentation of devised drama

Assessment in Year 13

Examinations: 30% of A Level—2 hour written paper

Study of two further set plays -The Recruiting Officer (Farqhar) and Our Country’s Good (Wertenbaker)

Coursework: 20% of A Level - Practical performance

Performance by a group of devised drama including preparatory and development work and supporting notes.

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Entry requirements

In order to enrol on sixth form courses, applicants will need to have achieved:

  • 5 A* to C Grades in separate subjects and in addition
  • GCSE Drama and / or GCSE English at Grade B or above.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 06 March 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September