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Drama and Theatre Studies A Level at Upton Court Grammar School

Course description

In the A Level qualifications there is 60% non - exam assessment and 40% exam assessment. You will be required to study, explore and interpret performance texts in order to develop your understanding and knowledge of Drama and Theatre. Throughout the course you will study 5 play texts, 2 theatre practitioners and will expect to see at least 3 live theatre productions.


The A Level Qualification is made up of 4 components.

Component 1 – Students will produce a performance based on a play text . You are required to produce an accompanyi ng concept document which outlines your intentions for the performance. This unit is assessed by a visiting examiner.

Component 2 – You will study a set text set by the exam board in depth. Examples include: Antigone by Sophocles, Cloud Nine by Carol Chu rchill and Sweeney Todd by Patrick Quentin and Stephen Sondheim. The unit is explored practically in lessons and is assessed in the written exam.

Component 3 – You will create your own devised performance based on the work of a theatre practitioner. In addition you will be required to produce a research report and portfolio with evidence of the process.

Component 4 - The Written paper comprises 3 sections.

A – You are required to describe and evaluate your practical work undertaken in Component 3

B - You are required to review a live theatre performance that you have seen on the course.

C – You will write about directorial decisions made during your study of the Component 1 text.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Upton Court Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 08 September 2016

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