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Drama and Theatre Studies A-Level

What is Drama and Theatre Studies A-Level?

Drama and Theatre Studies -Level looks at the practices and theories of classical and contemporary playwrights, directors and practitioners of drama. The course aims to develop an awareness of a range of theatre notables through the observation and analysis of existing and emerging performance work, and practical exploration of texts and practitioner techniques. The course encourages a critical and creative response to the complexities of theatre from the perspectives of actor, designer and director.

This course is well and widely respected by higher education institutions and employers alike. You develop skills in line with the course requirements but also on a much broader personal spectrum; skills such as team-work, effective collaboration, public speaking, confidence and the ability to communicate clearly.

What Will You Study?

You will study three components, firstly two set plays; ‘Antigone’ and ‘Metamorphosis’ and you will be tasked with analysing and evaluating the work of live theatre-makers. You will also create and perform a devised drama which will be influenced by the work of Bertolt Brecht.

Finally, you will undertake a practical exploration and interpretation of three extracts, each taken from a different play and then perform one of these extracts.

Component One

What’s assessed

Study of two set plays over the two years: Antigone and Metamorphosis
Analysis and evaluation of the work in a live theatre production.

Written exam: 3 hours at the end of the second year
Open Book
80 marks
40% of A-level

Section A: One question (from a choice) on Antigone (25 Marks)
Section B: One three part question on a given extract from Metamorphosis (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

What’s assessed

Process of creating devised drama
Performance of devised drama

How it’s assessed

Working notebook (40 marks)
Group devised performance created and performed in your first year (20 marks)
60 marks in total
30% of A-level
This component is marked by teachers and moderated by AQA

Component 3

What’s assessed

Practical exploration and interpretation of three extracts (Extract 1, 2 and 3) each taken from a different play
Methodology of a prescribed practitioner will be applied to Extract 3
Extract 3 is to be performed as a final assessed piece in your second year
Reflective report analysing and evaluating theatrical interpretation of all three extracts

How it’s assessed

Performance of Extract 3 (40 marks)
Reflective report (20 marks)
60 marks in total
30% of A-level
This component is marked by an AQA visiting examiner

What Next?

There are a variety of options open to you if you have studied Drama & Theatre Studies at Newman. Some of our past students have gone on to study degrees in Law, Acting, Theatre Studies, Psychology, English and Creative Writing to name just a few.

Exam Board

OCR/ Edexcel

Entry Requirements

At least two 5s and three 4s at GCSE, including at least a 4 in GCSE English Language.

Course Type

A Level

What other subjects go well with this subject?

English, Psychology, Sport, Sociology, History, Media Studies and Music.

Did you know?

Alumni students have gone on to a hugely varied set of degrees and career paths, from studying Anthropology at King’s College Cambridge to working as an actor and writer in London.

If you say ‘Macbeth’ in a theatre, you are meant to walk three times in a circle anti clockwise, then either spit or say a rude word.


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