Drama and Theatre A Level at Darrick Wood School
This course encompasses both theoretical and practical aspects of Drama and gives students a good balance between physical performance and academic written work. This course is firmly rooted in creativity, sensitivity and the development of critical and communication skills. It is designed for students who want a deeper understanding of drama and are interested in studying plays, looking at the work of influential theatre practitioners, design and technical elements, analysing live theatre performance and creating performance work of their own.
Knowledge and understanding of drama and theatre
Study of two set plays
Analysis and evaluation of the work of live theatre makers
Process of creating devised drama using one key extract and a practitioner as a stimulus
Performance of devised drama using one key extract and a practitioner as a stimulus
Practical exploration and interpretation of two extracts
Performance of two extracts
Grade 6 in GCSE Drama
Students who have not studied GCSE Drama will require a grade 6 in GCSE English Literature in addition to GCSE English Language and GCSE Mathematics at grade 5 and above.
Component 1: DEVISING (40%)
Creation and performance of an original piece of theatre, working as a member of a cast. Submission of written coursework about the devising and performance of your production in the form of a portfolio.
Component 2: TEXT IN PERFORMANCE (20%)
Performance of a monologue and a group performance of an extract from a play you have studied on the course.
You will also be assessed on your understanding of drama and theatre in a written exam:
Component 3: THEATRE MAKERS IN PRACTICE (40%)
Made up of three sections:
Section A: Live Theatre Evaluation
Section B: Page to Stage: Realising a Performance Text
Section C: Interpreting a Performance Text
A level Drama and Theatre is a highly respected qualification which prepares you for direct entry to the industry and/or to follow further and higher education courses at Drama School or university. Presentational skills and group work skills learnt are
invaluable in most areas of employment.
Drama and Theatre offers subject content which is distinct from that of the others, serving as complimentary to study in other arts subjects or as a contrasting discipline with study in other areas.
If you are willing to work hard, have fun and gain excellent results, then this is the course for you.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Darrick Wood School directly.