Introduction to the course
Drama and Theatre Arts offers you the opportunity to explore the work of different drama writers and practitioners. You will learn many different rehearsal and acting techniques as well as how to prepare for and create a successful performance. You will creatively study scripted plays and critically respond through writing, discussion and performance.
Standard entry requirements would be a minimum of a grade 5 in English Language with a B in Drama or a discursive subject such as History however, an interest in performing is an equally important requirement for the course.
Unit one: Drama and Theatre
In this examination unit, students will study two set plays from across the ages and more contemporary. Possible texts studied might include Antigone by Sophocles, and Our Country’s good by Timberlake Wertenbaker. In addition, students will learn how to analyse the effectiveness of a live theatre production.
Unit two: Creating original drama
In the first of two practical coursework units, students will engage in a practical acting course exploring a range of styles, techniques, plays and everyday issues that affect us all. This course will culminate in a live scripted performance where all students are active participants. Students as actors create, rehearse and develop a live performance of their own devised drama.
Unit 3: Making Theatre
For this practical coursework unit, students will study the work and methodology of one influential theatre practitioner for example Steven Berkoff or Bertolt Brecht. Their understanding of this methodology will then be applied to two key extracts from contrasting plays. Students are given opportunities to adopt a number of roles including actor, director, lighting designer or sound designer.
Unit 1: Written examination 3 hours, 40% of A Level
Unit 2: Creating Original Drama 30% of A level
Unit 3: Making Theatre 30% of A level
What Other Subjects Can I Study?
Studying this course gives you an insight into the theoretical parts of drama and would allow you scope to apply for many different Performing Arts courses at university. The course also has a strong link with both English and History as the study of play texts allows you to develop your knowledge in both these areas.
Future Career Progression
As both the AS and A Level are recognised qualifications you could also go straight into employment as it helps you to develop the skills, knowledge and understanding that many employers are looking for especially as this course will challenge you and allow a chance to build up your confidence in public speaking and working with other people.