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A Level: Drama and Theatre Studies at Rawlins Academy

Course description

OCR’s A Level in Drama and Theatre provides a fantastic curriculum to ignite and engage your creativity, passion and interests. Having separate performance and design components for the non-exam assessment allows you to follow your own interests and study either performance or design skills in depth. It also provides freedom for you to experiment and take risks with your work while working on developing your own style. This course is an exciting opportunity to develop your creativity, independent learning, critical thinking and effective decision making – all personal attributes that can make you stand out as you progress through your education and into employment. There are four components in the new specification; all of which will be externally assessed or moderated (Arrangements to be confirmed by Ofqual). • Students will complete one practical devising project and one practical text based project. • Students can take the following roles for practical work assessment: Performer, Lighting Designer, Sound Designer, Set Designer and Costume Designer. • There will be a separate performer and designer route through the qualification. • There will be two shorter written exams worth 20% each, totalling 40% of the qualification. • Students will study five different texts over the two year course; two out of five texts will be centre choice. The remaining three texts will be a choice from a list of options set by the exam board. • Students will also study two theatre practitioners and review a live theatre performance.

Entry requirements

Rawlins Level 3 P16 entry requirements.  A pass at the appropriate GCSE qualificaions of Drama or English (minimum D or better). Completion of set transition work.


Practical and written coursework portfolio 60% - written exam 40% (2 x 20%)

Future opportunities

The course reflects current working practices in the industry, as well as studying how to analyse, create and review theatre in an academic context for university or further education. The course is designed to prepare candidates for further study or training in theatre occupations or to support a career in communication, requiring team work and use of initiative or problem solving.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact us, ask your Connexions Personal Adviser or school/college careers staff.

How to apply

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Last updated date: 09 October 2017
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