A Level Theatre Studies is a challenging qualification, offering students the opportunity to develop many vital transferable skills. Students can pursue their interests and expand their experience in a range of practical drama elements and explore a broad range of genres and styles. The written element of the course is worth 60% and gives students the opportunity to critique live performance work and analyse set texts from a directorial and performance perspective.
The specification offers students the freedom to choose both the content and the form of their practical presentations at each level. At AS, candidates perform an extract from any published play selected to illustrate their understanding of an influential director, designer, theatre company or other practitioner. At A2, candidates devise drama on any topic to be performed in a theatrical style of their choice.
Assessment for the practical units takes account of the students’ contribution throughout the preparation period as well as of their final performance. Students are assessed individually for this aspect of the A Level. The practical units are internally assessed and externally moderated.
The Drama and Theatre Studies department is proud of its diverse theatre programme, which is organised to expand students’ experience of live performance work. Students are expected to attend all theatre trips where possible, as follow up lessons are often based around the evaluation of this work. They are also invited to workshops and presentations informing them about the wider opportunities available beyond A Level. Guidance on entrance to Drama School may form part of this process where applicable.