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Sixth Form

Drama & Theatre Studies

Course Title: 


A Level Drama and Theatre


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What is it all about?


The course is the study of theatre. Students will practically explore set texts; see live performances; study the methodologies of key Drama practitioners; and create their own practical work in response to work studied. Students choose whether to work as actors or designers in the two practical assessments. The design options available are Lighting, Set and Costume. Much of the work done in class is practical but this is an academic course at heart. Students will explore theatre as actors, designers and directors. Students will develop performance and / or design skills; skills in the analysis and evaluation of theatre; but also skills in communication, group- work, problem-solving and time-management.



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How will I be assessed?

Component 1 - Drama and Theatre.  Written exam- 3 hours. 40% of A Level

Knowledge and understanding of drama and theatre

Much of the work in class exploring the set texts is practical as students need to be able to answer questions from the perspective of actors, directors and designers. We will explore the social, cultural and historical context of both plays.  For live theatre, the department organises at least 3 theatre trips every year to give students a wide variety of experiences to both inform their own practical work but also for Section C of the written exam.


  • Section A- one question (from a choice) on a set pre-twentieth century play (25 marks)
  • Section B- one three part question on a given extract from a set modern play (30 marks)
  • Section C- One question (from a choice) on the work of theatre makers in a single live theatre production (25 marks)


Component 2 - Creating Original Drama (practical). Marked by teachers and moderated by the exam board. 30% of A Level

Process of creating devised drama

  • Performance of devised drama (students may contribute as performer, designer or director). Devised piece must be influenced by the work and methodologies of one prescribed practitioner.
  • We will explore the work of different practitioners and theatre companies to support work on both Component 2 and 3 of the course. Students will choose their own stimulus as a starting point for their work.
  • Students will complete a portfolio that documents the creative process of devising and rehearsing.
  • The final performance will be in the Spring of Year 12


Component 3 - Making Theatre (practical). Externally examined. 30% of A Level

Practical exploration and interpretation of three extracts, each taken from a different play. Methodology of a prescribed practitioner must be applied to Extract 3.

  • Extract 3 is to be performed as a final assessed piece to a visiting examiner (students may contribute as performer, designer or director).
  • Reflective report is completed before the exam, analysing and evaluating theatrical interpretation of all three extracts.


What are the entrance requirements?


This course is suitable for students who have achieved a grade ‘4’ or above in English.  GCSE Drama is desirable but not essential.


What skills do I need?


Successful students demonstrate an active interest in live theatre; a commitment to go to the theatre to see plays performed by different theatre companies is vital.  Students should be interested in learning more about the ‘vocabulary of theatre’ how companies communicate meaning in different ways to fulfil their artistic intentions. Students should be curious and willing to try things out practically or technically even if it might not work or takes you out of your comfort zone. Students need to be able to work as part of a team, working collaboratively to deadlines.


Future prospects?


Many of our students have gained places at university to study directing, acting, theatre design, stage management, film, teaching, law, events management, architecture, marketing and translating. Some students continue to Drama school with a view to working professionally in the theatre and /or film industry.


What do our students say? 

  • Drama is a creative subject and is fun.’
  • ‘I enjoy the practical work in Drama as I like learning in a more hands-on way.’
  • ‘There’s a good balance between practical work and written work.’



Meet Mrs Goodwill, Head of Drama, who discusses the course with some of our current Year 13 students

Coast and Vale Learning Trust

About Coast and Vale Learning Trust

The Coast and Vale Learning Trust in Scarborough aims to improve education in the locality through establishing coherent and collaborative practice across schools and other educational institutions in the area.

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