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  • Drama and Theatre Studies

    At post-16 level, we offer A Level Drama and Theatre Studies. It is a lively and engaging choice for study at AS and A Level that offers the skills required in many career paths.

        

    Drama and Theatre Studies Students performing for the External Examiner – May 2015

    Throughout the course, students will study 6 diverse play texts, exploring them both practically and academically.  In recent years we have studied a range of plays, including ‘A Dolls House’, ‘The Trial’, ‘100’ and ‘The Caucasian Chalk Circle.’ In addition to this, students also study the theory and practice of two theatre practitioners (e.g. Stanislavski, Brecht, Berkoff, Frantic Assembly  and Artaud).

       

    Drama and Theatre Studies Students practically exploring Bertolt Brecht’s play ‘The Caucasian Chalk Circle’ – October 2015

    In addition to this, students are required to devise their own performances in response to a range of stimuli.

                           

    Year 13 students in the devising process for their devised performance ‘Identity?’ – October 2015

    There will be regular trips to the theatre throughout the course and students are required to attend these trips as part of the exam specification.  In addition to this, there are also a number of extra-curricular drama activities that we run as a department and Post 16 students are encouraged to take part in these activities.

    Why take Drama and Theatre Studies at A Level?

    You should take Drama and Theatre Studies if you enjoy performing and are interested in exploring Drama and Theatre.  Drama and Theatre Studies suits people who are interested in a broad a varied range of career options.  The obvious career paths include:  Acting, Directing and careers in Film and Television, with students going on to pursue studies in these areas regularly. However, students have also gone on to study Law, Economics, Geography, and Biomedical Science.  They say that the reason that they studied Drama and Theatre Studies is that it develops a wide range of skills that Universities are interested in, including independent research, creative thinking, team work, organisation, communication and analysis.

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    There is no requirement for students to have studied Drama at GCSE, however there is an enrolment task and audition requirement for entry in to the course.

    The information included on this page is correct at the time of publishing.  However, the course content and assessment are currently under review by the Department for Education and may be subject to change.

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