To achieve well at A level a B grade at GCSE is desirable or a merit or higher at BTEC, however we accept students, who are willing to work hard who have no prior experience of the subject. A grade C or above in either English Language or Literature is an essential as the course has substantial written components. It is recommended that you should have developed a level of practical and critical awareness of drama and theatre. You do need to be willing to act in front of a live audience for your practical assessment. The most important qualities you need are enthusiasm, commitment and the ability to work hard under pressure.
The new A-Level syllabus is linear and essentially breaks down into three components:
Devised Performance – 40% of the A-Level
This component is coursework, marked by school but externally moderated. Here students get to create an original piece of drama based on a stimuli, extract of text and a theatre practitioner. They then perform this to a live audience and write a written portfolio exploring and evaluating their performance piece.
Text in Performance – 20% of the A-Level
This component is a practical examination marked by a visiting examiner and performed in front a live audience. Here students prepare a group performance and a monologue or duologue selected from a range of set play scripts.
Theatre Makers in Practice – 40% of the A-Level
The final written exam that comes at the end of the course. Here students will have to respond to three tasks. The first is an extended written review of a live theatre performance they have seen. Secondly they will have to write two essay questions outlining how they would explore an unseen extract from a play text studied. Finally students produce a written outline of how they would direct a production of one of their studied texts for an audience.
Drama and Theatre Studies develops skills for work requiring a high level of confidence, presentation, self-awareness and working with others. Previous students have found careers in Acting, Literary Management, Directing, Lighting Design, Advertising, Recruitment, Human Resources, the Police Force, Radio, Television, Teaching and Theatre.
Examination Board: Edexcel Pearson
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