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Drama and Theatre Studies A Level at Thurston Community College

Course description

Year One

Unit 1 (6DR01) Exploration of Drama and Theatre:
The group will explore two contrasting plays in a practical and active way. Marks are awarded for contributions to practical drama workshops. A set of exploration notes is also submitted. One of the plays will explore the work of an established theatre practitioner. In addition a live theatre performance must be seen and a written evaluation is completed.

Unit 2 (6DR02) Theatre Text in Performance:
This unit contains two components. Students are directed in a performance, which is presented to a visiting examiner. Maximum group size is 9 and the performance should last between 30 and 60 minutes.

Additionally students must offer a monologue or duologue from a published play together with a short written justification of the interpretation. A design skill can be offered for assessment in one or both of these sections.

Year Two

Unit 3 (6DR03) Exploration of Dramatic Performance: Students work in groups as actors or designers to devise an original piece of theatre from an agreed stimulus, which may include an existing dramatic work. The performance is supported by written evidence which reflects research and development work undertaken. Assessment falls into three areas: contribution to the process of devising, performance and evaluation.

Unit 4 (6DR04) Theatre Text in context: A written examination in two parts: Section A asks students to take on the role of a director, who must develop and justify an approach to the rehearsal and performance of a play set by the board. Section B compares a modern, live production of a play which was written in one of three time periods set by the board, with its original performance conditions.

Entry requirements

Entry GCSE: C in Drama as well as a 4 in either English Language or English Literature.


All units will be externally examined in June Year 2.

Future opportunities

Courses in Performing Arts or Media, but past students have gone on to study a wide range of courses from Geography to Accounting. The skills encouraged on the course, such as initiative, creativity, teamwork, co-operation, self-expression and selfconfidence are valuable to all career or higher education choices.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 29 March 2017
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