A stimulating and challenging course which combines practical performance with research and theory. Drama will develop your creative and academic skills and extend your knowledge and experience of professional theatre. Recognised by universities as an excellent foundation for future academic study as well as entry into Drama schools.
As well as being an exciting and fulfilling subject to study, Drama and Theatre Studies will allow you to develop excellent core communication skills, both spoken and written. You will have the opportunity to experience regular live theatre to enrich your learning, and be supported to apply your knowledge to your own and others’ performances.
Drama and Theatre Studies involves a significant element of practical performance work based on your imagination, creativity and team work. To support that, you will also explore social, historical and cultural influences on drama and performance. There is a strong focus on developing your own skills of acting, directing, character development (voice and movement) and working with scripts.
The subject content for A-level Drama and Theatre is divided into three components:
- Drama and theatre
- Creating original drama
- Making theatre
Assessment: AS - 90 min. written exam / practical performance of a text. A2 - 2 hour written exam / practical devised performance. Ongoing assessment of performances and coursework, and an examination at the end of the two-year course.
Students who are committed performers with a love of theatre. The course is excellent preparation for those wishing to pursue Drama or a related field in Higher Education, or as an additional subject for students keen to focus on developing strong communication and team-working skills. Students will need to have achieved a grade 5 in English and Maths. Students don't need to have studied Drama as a GCSE subject, however, this would be advantageous.
Drama and Theatre Studies is excellent preparation for a number of degree courses including Acting, Directing, Drama and Theatre Studies, Performing Arts and Technical Theatre. As a creative and academic subject it can also support applications to a range of Arts, Humanities and Social Science degrees. Communication and team-working are skills that are valued highly by all employers.