What will I study?
Students will develop their acting skills and the ability to work creatively with others. Students will study different theatre practitioners as well as modern and classical texts through practical exploration and research. There are three main performances during the course; a directed role in a play, a monologue or duologue and a group-devised piece of theatre. Students usually choose to act but it is possible to complete units as a designer.
The A Level Drama qualification has three assessed components:
• Component 1: 40% Devising – students will devise a performance based on an extract from a performance text and an influential theatre practitioner.
• Component 2: 20% Text in Performance – includes both an extract from prescribed plays and a monologue or duologue.
• Component 3: 40% Theatre Makers in Practice – this is a written examination and includes reviewing a live theatre performance and writing about contrasting texts as both a performer and director.
Where will it lead?
There are many university or drama school courses available. Students taking A Level Drama develop the skills to progress into performing, stage management, journalism, teaching, law and the caring professions. Theatre studies improve students’ confidence, communication and presentation skills which are vital for success in many careers.