Course Overview

Drama and Theatre studies not only builds your knowledge and practical skills to enable you to go onto study performance at a higher level, it equips you the cognitive, interpersonal and intrapersonal skills that are valued in almost all professions that you will consider.

Course Requirements

To enrol for the A Level Art and Design course you must have the following…

  •  BTEC Drama Distinction or GCSE Grade 5
  • English Grade 5
  • Maths Grade 5
  • If you have not studied Drama at KS4, you will need to provide evidence that you have studied Drama outside of school.

Course Teacher Profile

Mrs R. McAviney

Mrs R. McAviney


Mrs. McAviney is the Curriculum Team Lead for Drama in the Amethyst Sixth Form

Year 1 Summary

  • In the first year, you will

    • Learn about the A Level Practitioners that will influence your work over the two years in Drama.
    • Learn how to devise effective group performance using stimuli.
    • Learn how to evaluate live theatre to A Level standard, taking into consideration the design as well as performance elements.
    • Study two play texts (pre and post 20th century) to enable you to devise practical work and complete theory of a high standard.
    • By the end of the first year, you will have completed Component 1 of the course which consists of a group devised performance and a 3000 word coursework portfolio based on the devising process.

Year 2 Summary

In year two, you will use the knowledge and experience gained in the first year to complete Component 2 and 3.

For Component 2, you will work towards an external examination where you will perform a group extract from a studied play text as well as a monologue or duologue from the same play.

For Component 3, you will work towards being able to complete the 2.5 hour written examination based on a further two plays that you will study as well as a piece of live theatre that has influenced you as an Actor and Director

Careers and Next Steps

There are a few areas of work that you can use Art straight after A level, however students often decide to study a degree enabling them to specialise in a particular area of art.

Skills developed include;

  • Creativity and ability to convey ideas and concepts.
  • Work independently.
  • Good written, verbal and vision communication skills.
  • Ability to develop and change ideas and concepts in response to a client’s needs.

Careers choices for pupils who have study Art at A Level:

  • Advertising Art Director
  • Fashion Designer
  • Graphic Designer
  • Illustrator
  • Print Worker
  • Photographer
  • Art Therapist
  • School Teacher
  • Museum Curator

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