Drama A level

Qualification: GCE A Level in Drama and Theatre
Exam Board & Specification Code: WJEC; Specification
Course Entry Requirements: C/5 in English Literature GCSE
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Length and size of qualification: 2 year single course
Timetable hours: 4.5 hours per week
Assessment method: A combination of written and practical exams
BHASVIC Department: Media and Performing Arts
Head of Department: Cath Rowe

What will I study?

You will study and stage a range of different texts and apply your own ideas to them. You will learn about different practitioners who have influenced theatre and gain a historical understandng of how modern theatre has arisen. Within the practical components of the course you will perform monologues and duologues and also work in groups, both devising and staging plays. There is portfolio coursework detailing your rehearsal processes and also a written exam which includes evaluation of the theatre you have seen on the course. Be prepared to go and see productions locally and in London.

Is this course right for me?

If you enjoy watching theatre, are happy to perform and are willing to try out ideas in a workshop environment then you will enjoy the course. The ability to work as part of a team is essential. There are many opportunities to practically apply your skills as a performer. More challenging areas would include essay writing and the application of theory to practice. Assessment is 40% practical and 60% written. This subject would suit students who are interested in studying any humanities subjects such as English Literature and Language as well as History and Classics. Additionally it sits well alongside social sciences such as Psychology and Sociology.
There is a £100 charge for attending performances throughout the 2 years of this course. Bursaries and payment plans are available.

Where next?

The study of Drama and Theatre Studies at A level can help students with a variety of skills as well as develop their creative career aspirations.  Students who study this course will enhance their skills in creative thinking, teamwork, analysis, presentation skills, planning etc.  The course support students wishing to improve their communication skills in both verbal and written forms. Students can progress from this course in to a number of career areas either by further study or by direct entry to the job market. The skills you gain while studying a performing arts degree are valued by all types of employers, for example confidence, self-presentation, teamwork and collaboration, ability to experiment with different ideas and learning from feedback. Examples of related roles that students may pursue could include Actor, Stage Manager, Arts Administrator, Dramatherapist and Television Production Assistant. Useful websites to research careers and wider progression options could include Creative Skill Set, All About Careers and The Apprenticeship Guide and Equity (career factsheets).

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