Drama & Theatre

  • Course type: A level
  • Awarding/exam body: Edexcel


Performing Arts 001

A level Drama & Theatre will involve taking part in practical work to explore a range of different plays, demonstrating your understanding of performance texts and studying the work and methodologies of two influential theatre practitioners. As part of this course you will go to see live theatre and work alongside theatre practitioners.

  • Course assessment...

    On this two year course you will take part in three externally assessed performances.

    Component 1: DEVISING (40%) – Your creation and performance of original piece of theatre, working as a member of a cast. Submission of written coursework about the devising and performance of your production in the form of a portfolio.

    Component 2: TEXT IN PERFORMANCE (20%) – Your performance of a monologue and a group performance of an extract from a play you have studied on the course.

    Component 3: THEATRE MAKERS IN PRACTICE (40%) This written exam is made up of three sections:

    Section A: Live Theatre Evaluation – Analysis and evaluation of a play you have seen in production.

    Section B: Page to Stage: Realising a Performance Text – How you would stage a script in performance.

    Section C: Interpreting a Performance Text – Presentation of your own Director’s Concept of a play for a contemporary audience.

  • This course can lead to...

    Many A level Drama & Theatre students go on to university where they take a range of degree courses including Law, Criminology and English. Students also progress to drama schools such as RADA and careers in the professional theatre.

  • Course highlights...

    • Numerous theatre trips such as the Young Vic & West End productions. Recent trips include: ‘The Lion King’, ‘Custody’, ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, ‘Galileo’, ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time’ and ‘The Woman in Black’.
    • Perform in plays with professional production values in our specialist theatre space.
    • The opportunity to work on theatre reviews with professional theatre critics.
  • Entry requirements...

    In addition to our Programme Entry Requirements, applicants must also meet specific Course Entry Requirements:
    Grade 4 in English Language or English Literature, Grade 4 in Drama
    Grade 4 in English Language and English Literature, and appropriate experience in performing in live theatre

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