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Drama & Theatre Studies A Level at Nene Park Academy

Course description

 Inspiring creativity and confidence

  • A practical focus is at the heart
  • Engaging Set Texts
  • Clear and straightforward assessments
  • supports progression and develops transferable skills
  • Incorporates 21st century theatre practice
  • Pathway into drama school or degree

Drama and Theatre is a practical, intellectual and artistic subject. You will be expected to explore the structural elements of theatre from the page to the stage. In order to be successful and enjoy this subject you will need to have a keen interest in the history of Drama and study the practitioners, theatrical forms and conventions that make theatre such a compelling and exciting subject. You must be able to analyse and critically deconstruct the work you study, create and witness. It is recommended that students have achieved a C or above in GCSE Drama and English.

Students who study Drama at A Level find it challenging with an excellent mix of both practical and theory work. Students find the productions they work on in both years highly rewarding. Also, if a student clearly has design skills, these can be evaluated and considered for concentrated study when productions take place.

You must be prepared to put in the extra time that is required outside of class, for rehearsals when in productions. There is a large workload so you need to be organised and have an extremely deicated and conscientious approach in order to be successful in both your practical and written work.



Course content

Lessons are a healthy combination of practical learning supported by the necessary academic theory needed to understand the work being studied. Learning takes place through the following: practical workshops, researching background material on a playwright, written research (social/cultural/historical), rehearsal of a production, participating in improvisation, devised work and class discussion. These methods increase the understanding of the subject and provide more detail and substance to the students' work.

The style of homework varies according to the unit of exam work. Research, essay writing and rehearsals are all integral to the course. Four to five hours of private study per week are expected in addition to timetabled lessons. This can at times all be taken up with external rehearsals.

Extra Private Study is expected in addition to timetabled lessons, which can at times all be taken up with external rehearsals. 

Specifications require students to:

  • Devise an original performance piece for a live audience for your own performance evening
  • Use one key extract from a published play and a theatre practitioner as stimuli.
  • Present a group performance of one key extract from a published play
  • Perform a monologue or duologue from one key extract from a different published play.
  • Prepare a live theatre evaluation (choice of performance)
  • Practically exploration and study of a complete published play – focused on as an actor and designer
  • Practically exploration and interpret another published play, in light of a different theatre practitioner – focusing on how this text could be staged for a contemporary audience.


Entry requirements

Standard: Standard (Five GCSE subjects at a minimum grade 4 or the equivalent including Maths and English) with a GCSE Drama Grade 6 or equivalent. Students without GCSE Drama may be considered on an audition and interview basis.


 A Level in Drama and Theatre will be assessed through a combination of a 40% written exam and 60% Non-Examined Assessment (NEA).

Financial information

All students will be expected to provide their own textbooks and stationery and pay for theatre trips.

Essential: Estimated cost of £60 for textbooks.  There will be a minimum of two theatre trips that you will be expected to attend, these will be organised by the department .  In addition to the creative work taking place in the classroom you will also have opportunities to take part in productions and lead extra-curricular drama activities.Visits from various practitioners and industry professionals will take place during the course without any cost to students.

Future opportunities

The course can lead you to studying drama at university, drama school or a Performing Arts course at the end of your A Level. Many students go on to study Drama and Theatre Studies/Performing Arts at a higher level and progress to working in theatre, television, film and video. It has also proved invaluable in the journalistic, teaching and legal professions.

When students study Drama and Theatre Studies at A Level it invests the individual with invaluable skills in articulating thoughts, exploring ideas, sharpening communication skills and providing the ability to work within a group situation both in a practical and academic setting.

Further information

Examination Board: Edexcel

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Nene Park Academy directly.

Last updated date: 13 July 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years
  • Course code: Dr

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