Advanced GCE in Drama and Theatre

Course Overview

You will learn about various styles and genres of theatre, and become familiar with a range of key practitioners who have strongly influenced the development of theatre in the 20th and 21st centuries.

You will perform scripted work from published plays, and also have opportunities to devise your own original pieces of theatre. For the practical aspects of the course, you have the option to work as a designer of costume, lighting, set or sound rather than an actor if you prefer.

You will also explore play texts from the point of view of a director, creating your own concepts for how these plays could be interpreted for the stage.  You will watch and review professional theatre productions as part of the course.

Qualification Details

  • Qualification: Advanced GCE in Drama and Theatre
  • Exam Board: Edexcel


Course Teacher Profile

Mrs K. Cureton

Mrs K. Cureton

Lead Teacher for Drama

Mrs. Cureton is the Lead for Drama in the Amethyst Sixth Form

Course Requirements

To enrol for the A Level Drama 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.

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 Drama straight after A level, however students often decide to study a degree enabling them to specialise in a particular area of Drama.

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 Drama at A Level:

  • Broadcaster
  • Choreographer
  • Dancer
  • Disc jockey
  • Drama therapist
  • Drama/theatre critic
  • Magician
  • Model

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