Drama and Theatre A Level at Arnold Hill Academy
Why study this course?
Students will participate in the creation, development and performance of a piece of theatre based on a reinterpretation of an extract from a text chosen by a list prescribed by the exam board. The piece must be developed by using techniques and working methods of a theatre practitioner or a recognised theatre company. They will also create and develop two performance pieces, one devised piece based on stimulus from the exam board and an extract performed in a contrasting style. The written examination will be two questions, based on two different texts (one pre 1956 and one post 1956). The final section of the written exam will be a question based on a specified extract from The Curious Incident of a Dog in the Night-Time.
What support and enrichment will I get?
In order to support students with their workload, members of staff are always available for advice. Rehearsal dates are organised and led by teaching staff for practical work in extra curricular time. There are many theatre visits organised for students to fulfil the course requirements but also to increase their interest and breadth of Theatre experience including workshops with the Royal Shakespeare Company and enrichment opportunities with Nottingham Playhouse.
In addition to the standard entry requirements for the Sixth Form, it is recommended (but not essential) that students have studied GCSE Drama or GCSE Perforning Arts and, if they have done so, they should have attained a grade C or better. It is recommended that students who have studied the BTEC Performing Arts course have achieved a Merit or higher in order to meet the demands of the post 16 course.
Many students go on to apply for courses at specialist drama schools and courses at university. However, drama fits comfortably alongside careers in the media, creative arts, English, politics and a host of other professions where confidence and creative thinking is key. Attaining a good grade at A level will prove to employers and course leaders that you are confident, outspoken and used to working in the public arena.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Arnold Hill Academy directly.