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Drama and Theatre Studies A Level at Coombe Girls' School

Course description

During the A level Drama and Theatre Studies course you will learn to:  respond creatively and analytically to challenging play texts and stimulus material;  work dynamically as a member of a group;  contribute to rehearsals, demonstrating commitment and vision;  understand complex practitioner theory and apply this in performance;  perform with truth and conviction to an audience, using sophisticated vocal, movement and communication skills;  understand the impact of form, structure and performance style on an audience;  evaluate your own live performance and those produced by a range of professional theatre companies;  understand the impact of social, cultural, historical and political context on the creation of Theatre;  use sophisticated Drama and Theatre vocabulary and develop high quality written communication skills.

Course content

AS Unit 1: Exploration of Drama and Theatre (40% AS / 20% A Level) You will explore two contrasting plays through a series of practical workshops. You will be introduced to key theatre practitioners including Stanislavski, Brecht and Artaud, and use their ideas to explore the plays. You will produce a set of exploration notes (3000 words) in which you document and reflect on your practical work, and you will also write an evaluation of a live performance that we will see as a class (1000 words).

AS Unit 2: Theatre Text in Performance (60% AS / 30% A Level) SECTION A: MONOLOGUE OR DUOLOGUE: you will work as a performer to present either a monologue or a duologue to a visiting examiner. In advance of the examination, you must provide the examiner with a written performance concept in which you justify your interpretation (500 words). SECTION B: GROUP SCRIPTED PERFORMANCE: you will work in a group of 3-9 students to take part in a performance from a published play. Your teachers will direct your group, and you will perform under professional conditions to an audience including a visiting examiner.

A2 Unit 3: Exploration of Dramatic Performance (40% A2 / 20% A Level) This unit requires you to work in a group to create an original piece of theatre. Your piece of devised Drama will be based on your group’s response to stimulus material set by your teachers. You will work in a group of 3-6 students. You will be assessed on your contributions to the creating process (25%), your performance to an invited audience (25%) and your supporting written evidence document (3500 words) (50%).

A2 Unit 4: Theatre Text in Context (60% A2 / 30% A Level) This unit is assessed by written examination (2 hours and 30 minutes). SECTIONS A & B: you will study “Woyzeck” by Georg Buchner, formulating your own directorial concept for a production of the play. In the exam, you will answer essay questions about your vision for the play. SECTION C: as a group, we will watch a live production of a Shakespeare play. You will research and study the original performance conditions of the play, and compare these with the contemporary production. In the exam, you will answer one essay question from a choice of two

Entry requirements

7 A*-C grades at GCSE including English, and B or above in Drama. Any student who did not take GCSE Drama, or achieved a C grade, will be required to undertake a short audition (by monologue or duologue) and conversation with the Head of Department on enrolment day. There is no need to prepare for this audition.


Various assessments

Future opportunities

The A level Drama and Theatre Studies qualification prepares you effectively for the full range of arts courses at Higher Education level, and demands analytical and literacy skills which are much valued in all degree subjects. You will be well prepared for any career pathway which demands effective communication and presentation skills, e.g. law; social work; journalism.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Coombe Girls' School directly.

Last updated date: 14 July 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 - 2 Years