Component 1 (40% of A-level)
Using the play ‘Monsters’ by Niklas Radstrom as a stimulus you will devise a piece of Drama in the style of the practitioner Bertolt Brecht. In addition to this you are required to write supporting coursework that details the process.
Component 2 (20% of A Level)
You will perform a monologue or duologue and as part of a group you will also perform a play with support and direction from your class teacher.
Component 3 (40% of A Level)
You will sit a written exam on how you would act/direct/design the following two plays:
• Equus by Peter Schaffer
• Lysistrata by Aristophanes
In addition to this you will also write an answer to a question on a piece of live theatre that you will be taken to see.
This course will be taught in a group with a teacher. You will be expected to make an active contribution to whatever you are working on, whether it be a group-based or solo based piece of work: assignments will include both written and practical work. Students will be expected to participate in class discussions, trips to the theatre and practical workshops. As well as performing in role, you will be asked to record and analyse your thoughts on other people’s performances, both in journal and note form. Actors, directors, designers and other production team members will be considered and International theatre practitioners will also be a focus. Good Drama and Theatre students find the course challenging because it involves them in something that is both creative and academically rigorous.
Component 1: Theatre Workshop (40% of qualification) an internally assessed and externally moderated performance (10%) Accompanied by written portfolio coursework (30%)
Component 2: Text in Performance (20% of Qualification) Two practical performance pieces (one monologue or dulogue and one group piece) assessed by an external examiner
Component 3: Text in Performance (40% of qualification). This is a 2hr and 30 minute written examination.
In addition to the standard College entry requirements (see our prospectus), it is desirable to have studied Drama, Performing Arts or Dance at GCSE or BTEC level 2 although this is not compulsory and good current experience of practical performance work may qualify. This will be established on interview. Also it is preferable to have a GCSE level 5 or above in GCSE English Language or Literature.
All universities and degree- awarding institutions recognise Drama and Theatre A-level as a valid qualification. The transferable skills gained through the course are valuable in a wide range of careers; you will develop a problem solving approach to your learning, and a capacity to deal with challenging situations as well as building a sound knowledge and understanding of the subject that will be relevant to a whole range of studies.