Drama and Theatre
This A-Level will engage students through encouraging creativity, focusing on practical work which reflects 21st-century theatre practice and developing skills that will support progression to further study of drama and a wide range of other subjects. Students explore engaging performance texts and experience live theatre. You will devise your own performances and further develop your performance (or design) skills.
How will it be assessed?
A-Level Drama, two-year linear course.Examining board: Edexcel.
Devising: 40% of the qualification
Devise an original performance piece using one key extract from a performance text and a theatre practitioner as stimuli. Performer or designer routes available.
Text in Performance: 20% of the qualification
A group performance (or design realisation) of one key extract from a performance text. A monologue or duologue performance (or design realisation) from one key extract from a different performance text.
Theatre Makers in Practice: 40% of the qualification
Written examination answering questions based on:
- Live theatre evaluation
- Practical exploration and study of a complete performance text – focusing on how this can be realised for performance
- Practical exploration and interpretation of another complete performance text, in light of a chosen theatre practitioner – focusing on how this text could be re-imagined for a contemporary audience
Where will it lead?
The study of Drama will lead to a wide variety of careers in the arts, teaching, journalism and media. This course will support students who wish to study the performing arts in higher education. The study of Drama encourages you to link theory and practice and to approach problem solving in a creative way. The study of recognised theatre practitioners and iconic set plays will broaden your understanding of literature and the arts and enable you to understand historical, cultural and social context.
Theatre visits are an essential part of the course; workshops with directors, writers and actors and masterclasses at venues such as The Globe.
GCSE Drama grade 6.