AQA A Level Drama and Theatre Specification Code: 7262

      The A Level Drama and Theatre Studies course is designed for students to explore plays from the point of view of a director, designer, performer and critic.  The course demands practical, creative and written communication skills in almost equal measure.  Students will extend their ability to create drama and theatre, either in a performing or production role. They will also be required to write about drama, develop their powers of analysis to become informed critics, and consider how to stage a play from the point of view of a director.  The course will involve taking part in drama productions, as well as studying plays and playwrights.

      An A Level drama student needs to be curious about issues and ideas and have a creative instinct for communicating their views through drama.  The student may be keen on acting, writing or on the visual and technical side of theatre and wish to develop their skills in some or all of these areas.  Equally they will be interested in going to the theatre to see plays performed by different theatre companies.  The course has three components.   Studying this subject will equip students with a set of rigorous analytical and communication skills that transfer to other areas of study.  They will also have acquired time management and leadership skills as well as the ability to work under pressure. 

      The course is assessed as follows:

      Component 1: Drama and Theatre

      What's assessed:

      a) Knowledge and understanding of drama and theatre

      b) Study of two set plays

      c) Analysis and evaluation of the work of live theatre makers

      How it's assessed:

      a) Written examination: 3 hours

      b) Open book

      c) 80 marks

      d) 40% of A Level

      Component 2: Creating Original Drama Practical

      What's assessed:

      a) Process of creating devised drama

      b) Performance of devised drama (students may contribute as performer, designer or director)

      c) Devised piece must be influenced by the work and methodologies of one prescribed practitioner

      How it's assessed:

      a) Working notebook (40 marks)

      b) Devised performance (20 marks)

      c) 60 marks in total

      d) 30% of A Level

      Component 3: Making Theatre Practical

      What's assessed:

      a) Practical exploration and interpretation of three extracts

      b) Methodology of a prescribed practitioner must be applied to Extract 3

      c) Extract 3 is to be performed as a final assessed piece (students may contribute as performer, designer or director)

      d) Reflective report analysing and evaluating theatrical interpretation of all three extracts

      How it's assessed:

      a) Performance of Extract 3 (40 marks)

      b) Reflective report (20 marks)

      c) 60 marks in total

      d) 30% of A Level

      Trips for Drama in the Sixth Form

      Theatre trips are offered to pupils from Year 9 upwards.  Most theatre visits take place after school and there is a cost for each pupil.  Examples of recent trips include:-

      a) National Theatre’s ‘War Horse’, New London Theatre, London

      b) National Theatre’s ‘Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time’ Apollo Theatre, London

      c) Royal Shakespeare Company’s ‘The Tempest’ The Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford

      d) Bill Kenwright’s ‘Blood Brothers’, High Wycombe Swan and Phoenix Theatre, London

      e) Stephen Schwart’s ‘Wicked’, Apollo Victoria Theatre, London

      f) Young Vic’s ‘A Doll’s House’, Duke of York Theatre, London

      g) Complicite’s ‘Master and Margarita’, Barbican, London

      h) Frantic Assembly’s ‘ The Believers’, Theatre Royal, Plymouth

      i) Out of Joint’s ‘Top Girls’, Oxford Playhouse

      j) Out of Joint’s ‘Our Country’s Good’, Oxford Playhouse

      k) Out of Joint’s ‘Ciphers’, Oxford Playhouse