Drama and theatre studies - A level

During this course, students will develop and apply an informed, analytical framework for making, performing, interpreting and understanding drama and theatre.

What will I learn?

You will experience a range of opportunities to create theatre, both published text-based and devised work. This will allow you to develop an understanding and appreciation of how the social, cultural and historical contexts of performance texts have influenced the development of drama and theatre and understand the practices used in 21st Century theatre-making.

Students will also learn how to analyse and evaluate their own work and the work of others through experiencing live theatre both in and out of the school environment. With support from the teacher, students can choose which specialism they would like to be assessed on; performing, lighting design, sound design, set design (including props), or costume design (including hair and make-up), though they must be involved in the creating process of drama in order to understand and experience the collaborative relationship between various roles within theatre.

What is the course made up of?

Component 1: Performance Workshop Non-exam assessment: internally assessed, externally moderated 60% of qualification. Students must produce: a realisation of two performances or designs, a creative log for each performance/design an evaluation of the process of creating and realising the reinterpreted extract only. Component 1: Theatre Workshop Non-exam assessment: internally assessed, externally moderated 20% of qualification The work produced must be developed using the techniques and working methods of either an influential theatre practitioner or a recognised theatre company. Students must produce: a realisation of the performance or design a creative log.
Component 2: Text in Context Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes 40% of qualification: A series of questions on Machinal by Sophie Treadwell (set text). Component 2: Text in Action Non-exam assessment: externally assessed by a visiting examiner 40% of qualification Learners will be assessed on either acting or design. Students participate in the creation, development and performance of two pieces of theatre based on a stimulus supplied by WJEC Learners must realise their performance live for the visiting examiner, including a 5-10 minute presentation and an evaluation report.

Component 3: Text in Performance Written examination: 2 hours 30 minutes 40% of qualification: of the two complete. Two questions, based on two different texts: A Dolls House (pre-1956) by Henrik Ibsen and Machinal (post 1956) by Sophie Treadwell. Section C Closed book: A question based on an extract from: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Mark Haddon, adapted by Simon Stephens.

What skills do I need?

You must be committed and dedicated to well in drama as well as having the ability to work effectively in a group. You must also enjoy creating drama as a lot of the course is about creating your own performances.

What is next for me after the course?

This highly practical specification provides learners with the opportunity to work as either performers and/or designers on three different performances. In addition, the specification provides a coherent, satisfying and worthwhile course of study for learners who do not progress to further study in this subject. Drama will help you to develop communication and team building skills as well as a positive and confident self-image.