Whilst some students may plan to progress to specialist Drama, Dance or Technical Theatre training or Drama and Theatre degrees, others go on to study a variety of different academic subjects such as English, Media Studies or Law.
You do not need to have taken Drama as one of your GCSE subjects but a good grade in GCSE English is essential.
You must enjoy performing and be a good team player as you will be constantly working with other students. Imagination, patience and complete reliability are all important to success.
During the course you will acquire and develop performance skills and learn to devise and interpret theatrical texts, you will learn to appreciate the roles of actor, director and designer and you will learn to respond critically to live performance.
AS Unit 1 – Live Theatre Production Seen and Prescribed Play worth 60% of AS.
One question from each of two sections.
Section A – response to live theatre seen during the course
Section B – study of one set play from a choice of six
AS Unit 2 – Presentation of an Extract from a Play worth 40%
AS - Practical performance.
Performance by a group of an extract from a published play. The assessment also includes candidates’ preparatory and development work and supporting notes.
A2 Unit 3 –Further Prescribed Plays including pre-Twentieth
Century worth 60% of A2
2 hour written paper
Study of two further set plays
A2 Unit 4 – Presentation of Devised Drama worth 40% of A2 - Practical performance
Performance by a group of devised drama.
The assessment also includes candidates’ preparatory and development work and supporting notes.