Examination Board AQA
In Year 12, you will study a set text, analysing it in detail before going on to develop your ideas for staging the play. There will be numerous theatre trips and you will learn how to analyse live performances objectively, with close reference to theatrical style and directorial intentions. For the practical exam, you will learn about the work of two influential practitioners and apply their ideas to an extract for a play, which you will read in its entirety. The work is performed to parents and a visiting moderator in the Spring Term.
The A2 course builds on the work covered in Year 12. You will study two set texts, one published before and one published after 1900. The practical exam requires you to work in a group to create an original devised piece of drama in a recognised theatrical style.
It is a definite advantage, though not essential, to have completed GCSE Drama before embarking on the A-level course. There may be scope for you to be assessed as a designer, rather than a performer, for the practical modules. Please note that there is considerable emphasis on written work on this course: the written exams constitute 60% of your final mark and even the practical modules have a written element.
Drama and Theatre Studies A-level combines well with English, DT, Art, Music, History and Modern Languages. It provides a valuable broadening experience for Mathematics and Science students. Most universities accept the AQA specification as a third A-level and recognise the excellent teamwork skills fostered by practical drama, essential in every field of work. Degrees at university for which A-level Drama and Theatre Studies is particularly useful, besides Drama, are English, History, Art, Photography and Psychology. Acting is still a notoriously competitive profession to get into but a degree in Drama could lead to a career in many other areas: past students are currently employed in law, the media, marketing, business, public relations, education and arts administration.