Subject Area: Visual & Performing Arts
Level: TWO-YEAR A Level
Exam Board: AQA
You do not need to have studied Drama or Performing Arts to take this course. We recognise that students may have experience in theatre and performance in other ways through private training, drama schools or amateur companies. However, if you have taken Drama or Performing Arts as a GCSE or BTEC we would prefer you to have at least a grade C or Merit. Level 4 in GCSE English is also preferred. Please speak to us at enrolment or contact the department if you have any queries about your suitability for this course.
What will I study?
PRACTICAL ASSESSMENTS (60%)
There are two major practical assessments which require you to work with scripted plays and devise your own theatre from a stimulus. You will specialise in one particular field from either acting, stage, lighting or sound design. Working in small groups you are expected to study and apply a range of techniques used in the theatre by contemporary practitioners. Practical exams involve very intense rehearsal periods, writing a working notebook and a reflective report and a performance in front of
an examiner in one of our three theatre spaces.
WRITTEN EXAMS (40%)
At the end of the course you will sit a written exam which will test your creative skills in making theatre and your ability to demonstrate how live performance can have an impact on an audience. You will study two set texts, presenting your own ideas as to how these plays would be produced as live performances in terms of acting characters, directing scenes and designing stage, lighting and sound aspects. Evening visits to the theatre are also an essential part of this course.
Theatre studies will provide you with an invaluable set of transferable skills (teamwork, creative thinking, self-expression) which can be applied to any career, not just in the theatre. Many of our top students have gone on to forge successful careers in law, health, business, education, film, media and journalism. Theatre studies will also enable you to progress onto higher education to study degrees in drama, acting, performance and theatre design. You may also consider choosing to continue your studies at an accredited drama school.