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Many former students are established in the film and theatre industries

Course Information

Drama and Theatre

A Level
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In Partnership with:

Many former students are established in the film and theatre industries

40
%
Exams
30
%
Coursework
30
%
Other

30% practical

30% coursework

40% examination

Exam Board
AQA
Entry Requirements
A Level Drama and Theatre Studies requires you to achieve at least the minimum entry requirements for your chosen pathway. You will also be required to attend a short audition in the summer term.

A Level Drama and Theatre requires you to achieve at least the minimum entry requirements for your chosen pathway. You will also be required to attend a short audition in the summer term. The minimum entry requirements will be discussed at open events and at your college interview.

Drama and Theatre

This course may be great for you if you are interested in making and understanding drama and recognising it as a practical art form in which ideas and meaning are communicated to an audience through choices of form, style and convention. This course is also ideal for students with a love of live theatre – as a spectator, a performer and a designer.

The course examines what the purpose of theatre is and develops your knowledge and understanding of a variety of styles of play scripts from different times. It also looks at how practitioners have influenced the creation and innovation of live theatre.

Course Structure
Written and theoretical drama (70% of A Level)

You will be required to complete a 3 hour written paper answering:

1 essay style question based on a given text in the first section.

3 shorter question responses based on a given extract from another contrasting text.

1 essay style response to a question regarding a piece of live performance seen during the course (40%).

Complete a working notebook regarding the creation of their own short play (20%).

Complete a reflective report on the 3 extracts explored through practical workshops (10%)

Performance and practical drama (30% of A Level)

In this unit, you will explore extracts from 3 different texts through practical workshops. The final one will be presented for assessment as a formal performance in front of a visiting external examiner (20%).

You will also be required to create a own short play in small groups for formal assessment in front of a target audience (10%).

Assessment
Component 1: Written Paper 1 – Drama & Theatre (40%)

A 3 hour written exam

Section A: 1 question (from a choice) on one of the set plays.

Section B: 1 three-part question on a given extract from one of the set plays.

Section C: 1 question (from a choice) on the work of theatre makers in a singled live theatre production.

Component 2: Coursework – Creating Original Drama (30%)

3000 word working notebook on the process of creating original drama (20%)

Examined practical performance of the original drama (10%)

(Includes a 150-word ‘explanation of intentions’ document)

Component 3: Coursework – Making Theatre (30%)

2000 word Reflective Report based on the exploration and development of 3 extracts from 3 separate contrasting texts (10%)

Examined practical Performance of extract 3 with exploration influenced by a given prescribed examiner (20%)

(Includes 150-word ‘explanation of intentions’ document)

preparation for the course

The department recommend that you attend one of our scheduled open events to learn more about this exciting course. We also recommend that you come along to your taster sessions within this subject at Wyke Start, our two-day taster event in July. You will also be given some summer work to complete following this event to help you prepare for your first few weeks on the course.

What are the
Next Steps?

Throughout the years, our department has supported students into careers and university courses in professional acting alongside other careers such as working in television, events and education.

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Course Overview
Case Study: 

Lucy Potter former Newland School for Girls student

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summer work

At Wyke Start, our 2-day taster event in July, each of your subjects will set you some work to complete to help prepare you for the course. The work for this course will be available on this page to complete following this event.

The Wyke Experience

The College Production enrichment is not just open to students who would like to either sing, act, dance or perform, but also to students who have a passion and interest in the behind the scenes working of a production. Opportunities to publicise and work front-of-house, stage-manage, fit and source costume, hair and make-up, scenery shifting and props preparation exist, as well as the chance to run lighting and sound cues, direct and choreograph scenes. If you have any interest in theatre we would love you to get on board.

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