Hartlepool Sixth Form College

Drama and Theatre Studies

A Level Drama and Theatre Studies

Course Content

A level Drama and Theatre offers you the opportunity to explore drama as a practical art form. You will explore how in ideas and meaning are communicated to an audience through choices of form, style and convention.

You will have the chance to:

The course is a two-year course and you will be assessed in the second year of the course. The assessments are in three parts; practical elements of assessment make up 60% of your grade and the written exam makes up 40%.

Component 1: Drama & Theatre

Set Texts

You will study two plays (set texts) through practical exploration, discussion, design and written tasks. Learn about influential theatre practitioners and how to apply their theories to practical work.

Live Theatre Production

Learn how to analyse and evaluate the work of live theatre makers. Assessed in a written exam of 3 hours (open book). 40% of A level.


Practical Components

Component 2: Creating Original Drama

You will be assessed on your ability to create and develop ideas to communicate meaning as part of the theatre making process making connections between dramatic theory and practice and apply theatrical skills to realise artistic intentions in live performance.

For the practical components, you can choose to work as performers, designers (design students may choose lighting, sound, set, costume or puppets) or directors.

Assessed in a practical performance. 30% of A level.

Component 3: Making Theatre

Assessed through practical performance and reflective report. 30% of A level.

Entry Requirements

To be successful on this course you should enjoy performing and have at least a grade B in English language or Literature GCSE. Performance experience is not required but would be helpful.

Courses that this would work well with: English Literature or Language, History, Performing Arts, Media, Film, Politics.