Head of Department – Mrs K Chatfield
Drama – Grade B
English Language & Literature – Grade 5
Examination Board: Edexcel
Introduction/General Advice and Requirements
WHAT QUALITIES DO I NEED TO SUCCEED ON THE A LEVEL COURSE?
- Passion: A genuine interest in theatre and performance.
- Creativity: Original, dynamic work is the key to high levels of success on this course.
- Commitment: Students will be required to attend frequent after school rehearsals and give 100% effort in their work.
- Team Player: Much of the course requires students to work in a group and develop their interactive skills.
- Enthusiasm: The confidence to ‘have a go’ in all areas of the course.
A GCSE grade B in Drama and English Literature and Language is a required entry for the course.
However, in exceptional circumstances related experience will be considered.
During the two-year course, students will study three Components.
Component 1:Students will study a practitioner – Steven Berkoff and then create their own piece of theatre in the style of that practitioner as either an actor or designer.
Component 2: requires students to create a group performance/design realisation of one key extract from a performance text and also a monologue or duologue performance/design realisation from a different performance text.
Component 3: is a written exam:
- Section A: Live Theatre Evaluation where Students answer one extended response question from a choice of two requiring them to analyse and evaluate a live theatre performance they have seen.
- Section B: Page to Stage: Realising a Performance Text where Students answer two extended response questions based on an unseen extract from the performance text they have studied, answering from the perspective of a performer and a designer.
- Section C: Interpreting a Performance Text where Students will answer one extended response question from a choice of two based on an unseen named section from their chosen performance text.
We regularly arrange visits to a wide range of theatre, which have recently included: ‘Othello’, ‘The Believers’ and ‘Beautiful Burnout’ produced by Frantic Assembly; ‘Blood Brothers’ by Willy Russell; ‘Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time’ produced by The National Theatre, ‘Great Britain’ by Richard Bean, ‘1984’ produced by Headlong, ‘The 39 Steps’, ‘Threepenny Opera’ produced by the National Theatre and ‘The Woman in Black’. ‘Warhorse’ at the Bristol Hippodrome is already booked for the next academic year.
Inter-personal, teamwork and presentation skills, together with imagination and creativity are crucial to every career. Drama students are popular with all employers because they have creative, communication and organisational skills. Students develop confidence, self-presentation, analytical skills and self-discipline. They will also get used to working in a team and develop good research skills – abilities that will take them far.