DRAMA & THEATRE

COURSE ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

9-6 at GCSE Drama or a Grade 9-6 English/English Literature

Students should have:

  • an enjoyment of and passion for  theatre, drama, performance and plays
  • a desire to go to the theatre and to read, perform, realise and write about play-texts
  • the ability to carry out independent research 
  • the ability to write fluently, providing clear supporting examples in their essays
  • the desire to participate in class discussion, practical collaborative drama activities and/or independent drama design/analysis

OVERVIEW OF COURSE

Component One: Devising 40% NEA

This unit involves students creating and performing in or designing for an original piece of Drama and evaluating the devising process and final performance as coursework

Component Two: Text in performance 20% NEA

Students will perform in or design for, an extract from one text in a group and a monologue or duologue from another text, in front of a visiting examiner

Component Three: Theatre makers in practice 40% written examination

Students will study two set texts through practical exploration and will also see at least one live performance of a third text.  Students will answer questions on all three texts in the written examination.

Studying A Level Drama and Theatre at St Joan of Arc takes place within a  well-resourced department, all lessons take place in our purpose built studio complete with stage-lighting, sound and AV equipment to facilitate both practical and theory work.  Our approach to teaching provides students with a structured learning experience but also with the opportunity to develop the independent learning skills that are vital for further education.  

This is a two year course culminating in A level assessment but there will be continuous assessment of all three components throughout both Year 12 and Year 13.

The new specification incorporates the rigour demanded by the government of the new GCE specifications in addition to the creativity and collaborative skills that have always been an intrinsic part of studying GCE Drama.  This new A level is highly regarded by Russell Group universities, who advised OFQUAL on the planning of the specification and is a useful GCE choice when combined with a range of Arts, Humanities and Science subjects in particular. Unlike many of the new A level specifications, only 40% of the assessment is based on the final written examination.

FUTURE PATHWAYS

This qualification provides a strong foundation for learners to progress to Higher Education and equips learners for progression into the workplace. Student’s progress to study Drama and Theatre at University or onto a vocational training programme at a Drama school or in the Performing Arts industry.

Drama and Theatre A level students’ progress successfully to both University and Drama School institutions. Drama and Theatre students are currently studying Drama at a range of Higher Education institutions including Russell Group Universities such as Leeds, Birmingham, Warwick and Manchester.

Drama A level can help students who are high achieving, building confidence, independence and creativity. Many employers now actively seek out Drama graduates.

Past students have moved into varied drama careers including: acting, directing theatre design, and stage managers.

 

EMPLOYABILITY SKILLS

  • We build knowledge and train skills that enable you to be confident practitioners within the subject area
  • You will learn to apply the many varied and transferable skills within our subject to a wide variety of vocations, jobs and roles