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Drama and Theatre Studies A level at Edgbarrow School

Course description

This new A Level linear course focuses on three main areas of study; Drama and theatre, creating original drama, making theatre. In the practical components students may specialise in performing, lighting, sound, set, costume, puppets and/or directing.  It integrates the theoretical study of drama with practical application, encouraging creative experimentation and development of critical analysis.  Students will be taken on regular theatre trips and will need to purchase set texts.

Drama & Theatre Studies uses a range of learning and teaching styles to deliver the course.  Visual, auditory and kinesthetic learners have the opportunity to take part in practical work, debates, research and discussion as well as written analysis.



Course content

Component 1: Drama and Theatre Study of two set plays developing knowledge and understanding of drama and theatre and then analysis and evaluation of the work of live theatre makers. Written exam: 3 hours;  40% of A Level

Component 2: Creating Original Drama (practical) Process of creating devised drama with a performance of devised drama (students may contribute as performer, designer or director). Devised piece must be influenced by the work and methodologies of one prescribed practitioner. 30% of A Level

Component 3: Making Theatre (practical) Practical exploration and interpretation of three extracts each taken from a different play. Extract 3 is to be performed as a final assessed piece (students may contribute as performer, designer or director). 30% of A Level


Entry requirements

GCSE Drama at grade B or above.  If you wish to do the A Level without sitting Drama GCSE, this is permissible as long as you have achieved a grade B or above in English Language or Literature.  A Level 2 BTEC Performing Arts is not sufficient for entry onto this course.  An alternative option could be the Level 3 BTEC Performing Arts course.

Future opportunities

Drama and Theatre Studies at A Level is for students who want to pursue a career in acting, musical theatre, or the performing arts industry in general such as a stage manager, set designer or arts management.  Previous students have studied a range of courses such as BA Hons Acting, BA Hons Musical Theatre and BA in Lighting Design.  

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 07 October 2016

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