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Drama and Theatre Studies A Level at The Compton School

Course description

“This specification combines the activities of exploring plays, creating theatre, the performing of plays, the analysis of theatre and the critical evaluation of all of these elements. Students completing the course successfully will have a thorough understanding of drama and theatre, highly toned analytical and creative skills and an ability to communicate effectively with others.”

Students will be taught through practical and theory based lessons. With an emphasis on practical exploration of plays, students will analyse, practice and reflect to develop their understanding and interpretation of the texts set. They will rehearse and perform to live audiences as a group as well as delivering monologues and duologues. Students are also given the opportunity to develop their independence by creating their own original piece of drama. Finally, students written skills will be tested through writing a theatre review, evaluating their work and analysing their understanding of a variety of play texts. Students will be given the opportunity to visit the theatre over the two years of the course to experience a variety of live performances.

Course content

“ provide an opportunity to study plays from the point of view of a director, designer, performer and critic. The qualification is designed to enable students to acquire a knowledge and understanding of the language of drama and theatre as well as to develop their performing and analytical skills.”

Students will learn how to use their knowledge and understanding of theatrical forms to explore, critically analyse and perform a minimum of six plays. This will include an in-depth study of a play from the point of view of a director, the research into the production history of a second play and the undertaking of the role of a performer or designer within the production process of a third play. For A2, they will also be asked to create an original play using the devising process and use the appropriate theatrical terms and concepts in describing their experiences. Different interpretations, with a variety of meanings of each of the play texts, are key in this course.


AS Unit 1: Exploration of Drama and Theatre Unit code: 6DR01 This unit introduces students to the content of plays written for the theatre.
This internally assessed unit requires students to explore two contrasting play texts, chosen by the school, in a practical and active way. Students are also required to experience a live theatre performance and submit an evaluation.

AS Unit 2: Theatre Text in Performance Unit code: 6DR02 This unit offers students the chance to demonstrate skills in a performance environment. The knowledge and understanding gained during the study of two plays in Unit 1 can now be applied with a view to delivering a performance to an audience.
This is an externally assessed unit. The first section requires students to offer either a monologue or duologue. The second section requires students to contribute to a performance of a professionally published play by a known writer.

A2 Unit 3: Exploration of Dramatic Performance Unit code: 6DR03 This unit requires the creation of a unique and original piece of theatre. The knowledge and understanding can now be applied to a created production.
Students will be assessed on the research of their work as well as the final performance in front of an identified audience and development They are also required to complete an evaluation on both the process and performance of their work.

A2 Unit 4: Theatre Text in Context Unit code: 6DR04 This externally examined written unit requires the detailed study of one set play text and one prescribed historical period of theatrical development. This externally assessed unit takes the form of a 2½ hour written paper in three sections.
Sections A and B require students to explore one play, from a choice of three set play texts, from the point of view of a director in both an academic and practical way. In Section C a selection must be made of one from a choice of three historic periods of theatre history. A live performance of a play from the chosen period must be experienced.

Future opportunities

A Drama A-Level provides students with a wide range of transferable skills, which are important for many careers. Skills that are gained include teamwork, planning and critical thinking. Jobs that directly link to the theatre industry include acting, directing and stage management work. In addition, other jobs are teaching, journalism or social work. This course provides an excellent foundation for a degree in Drama, English or Media or Drama schools.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 18 June 2015
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