Drama & Theatre Studies

Drama

Examination Board: AQA

This could be your  passport to Higher Education, the worlds of theatre, film and TV, Public Relations, marketing, business, journalism or any one of numerous communication industries!


The A Level demands practical, creative and communication skills in almost equal measure, as well as reading and research.

Students need to have:
• Curiosity about issues and ideas
• A creative instinct for communication through drama
• An interest in gaining a greater understanding of how theatre and plays work
• An interest in acting, directing or design
• An interest in theatre companies
• Grade C or above in GCSE Drama or equivalent

Specification -  A LEVEL

• create, perform and respond to drama and theatre
• develop the creativity and independence to become an effective theatre maker
• explore the relationship between theory and practice in a range of theatrical styles and periods and historical, social and cultural contexts
• learn how relevant research, independent thought and analysis of live theatre and production can inform decision making
• experience the ways in which theatre makers collaborate to create theatre

 

There are THREE components to the two-year course:

Component 1:  Drama and Theatre
• knowledge and understanding of drama and theatre
• study of two set plays
• analysis and evaluation of the work of live theatre makers

 

How it’s assessed

• Written exam:  3 hours • open book
• 80 marks • 40% of A Level

Component 2:  Creating Original Drama
• process of creating devised drama

• performance of devised drama (in role of performer, designer or director) influenced by the work and methods of one professional practitioner

How it’s assessed

• working notebook (40 marks)
• devised performance (20 marks)
• 60 marks in total  •  30% of A Level

Component 3:  Making Theatre (Practical)
• practical exploration and interpretation of extracts from different plays

• reflective report analysing and evaluating

How it’s assessed

• performance of extract 3 (40 marks)
• reflective report (20 marks)
• 60 marks in total • 30% of A Level

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