It is useful to have taken Drama at GCSE but not essential and students must have achieved a 'C' grade in English at GCSE. It is important that students are interested in gaining a greater understanding of how performance theories work in practise and that you are keen to be involved with performances.
Students need to be curious about issues and ideas and have a creative instinct for communicating views through Drama. They may be keen on acting, writing or the technical aspects of theatre. Equally, students will be interested in going to the theatre to see different styles of performance.
AS Course and Examination
Unit 1 - Live Theatre Production, Seen and Prescribed Play (60% of AS Level, 30% of total A Level)
Written exam based on a response to live theatre seen over the course and the study of a set play.
Unit 2 - Presentation of an extract from a play (40% of AS Level, 20% of total A Level)
Preparation, development and performance by a group of an extract from a published play, which is internally assessed and externally moderated.
A2 Course and Examination
Unit 3 - Prescribed Plays including pre-twentieth Century and contemporary plays (30% of total A2)
Written exam based on the study of two plays and their realisation on stage.
Unit 4 - Presentation of devised drama (20% of total A2)
Preparation, development and performance by a group of devised drama, which is internally assessed and externally moderated.