A level Drama & Theatre

  • Course type: A level
  • Awarding/exam body: Edexcel


Performing Arts 001

A level Drama & Theatre will involve taking part in practical work to explore a range of different plays, demonstrating your understanding of performance texts and studying the work and methodologies of two influential theatre practitioners.

As part of this course you will go to see live theatre and work alongside theatre practitioners. .

  • Course assessment...

    Three externally assessed performances during the two year course:

    Component 1: DEVISING (40%) –creation and performance of an original piece of theatre, working as a member of a cast. Submission of written coursework about the devising and performance of your production in the form of a portfolio.

    Component 2: TEXT IN PERFORMANCE (20%) –performance of a monologue and a group performance of an extract from a play you have studied on the course.

    You will also be assessed on your understanding of drama and theatre in a written exam:

    Component 3: THEATRE MAKERS IN PRACTICE (40%)

    Made up of three sections:

    Section A: Live Theatre Evaluation

    Section B: Page to Stage: Realising a Performance Text

    Section C: Interpreting a Performance Text

  • This course can lead to...

    Many A level Drama & Theatre students go on to university where they take a range of degree courses including Law, Criminology and English. Students also progress to drama schools and careers in the professional theatre.

  • Course highlights...

    • Numerous theatre trips such as the Young Vic & West End productions.
    • Perform in plays with professional production values in our specialist theatre space.
    • The opportunity to work on theatre reviews with professional theatre critics.

  • Entry requirements...

    In addition to our Programme Entry Requirements, applicants must also meet specific Course Entry Requirements:

    Grade B in English Language or English Literature and Grade B in Drama OR

    Grade B in English Language and English Literature and appropriate experience in performing in live theatre.

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