A Level – Drama & Theatre


Drama & Theatre is for anyone who is interested in making and understanding drama, and recognising it as a practical art form in which ideas and meaning are communicated to an audience through choices of form, style and convention.

  • Who Is This Course For?

    Anyone who is interested in making and understanding drama, and recognising it as a practical art form in which ideas and meaning are communicated to an audience through choices of form, style and convention.

    Students are required to perform in public and to attend live theatre performances.

    Entry Criteria

    Students will not be required to have studied GCSE Drama but all students will be required to participate in practical workshops at Wyke Start.

  • Course Details:

    Exam Board

    Edexcel/Pearson

    Course Details

    Year One

    Term 1
    Students will begin to attend & evaluate live theatre performances and study vocal and physical skills to develop their practical technique and gain a better understanding of how to approach the study of the text in Section B of the written exam and the development of a character for Component 2.

    Term 2
    Students will be introduced to the methodologies of various practitioners and begin to study the performance texts for Sections B & C of the written Component 3, exploring both texts from the point of view of a Performer, Director & Designer. They will sit a mock exam paper during this term.

    Term 3
    Students will be introduced to the process of devising in preparation for Component 1.

    Year Two

    Term 1 – Devising (Internally Assessed Examination).
    Students will formally begin the devising process for formal examination and begin to create their own directorial concepts for Section C of the written paper.

    Term 2 – Text in Performance (Externally Assessed Examination).
    Students will rehearse and perform scene extracts and independent Monologue/Duologues for formal examination.

    Term 3 – Theatre Makers in Practice (Externally Assessed Examination).
    Students will prepare for the written exam and do a full mock paper before the actual exam in June.

    Assessment

    Component 1 (Devising) – worth 40% of the overall A Level grade
    Practical Presentation (10%)
    Record of process & evaluation (30%)
    (Includes 3500-word Written Coursework Portfolio)

    Component 2 (Text in Performance) – worth 20% of the overall A Level grade
    Performance of a play extract (10%)
    Performance of a Monologue/Duologue (10%)
    (Includes a 500-word ‘explanation of intentions’ document)

    Component 3 (Theatre Makers in Practice) – worth 40% of the overall A Level grade assessed by a 2.5 hour written exam paper
    Section A: Live Theatre Performance Evaluation
    (Includes 500-word document of theatre evaluation notes)
    Section B: Page to Stage-Realisation of a Performance Text
    Section C: Interpreting a Performance Text

    How the course is delivered

    Students have four lessons a week that combine practical classes with academic theoretical lessons. Extracurricular rehearsal time is required in addition to regularly timetabled lessons.

    Departmental Enrichment

    Students must attend professional theatre performances. In addition, students have the opportunity to participate in the College productions; gain experience operating sound and lighting equipment; and participate in workshops with professional theatre companies.

    The Drama & Theatre Department at Wyke Sixth Form College

    • Jamie Farrow – Head of Drama & Theatre
    • Andy Feetom – Teacher of Drama & Theatre and manager of the Wyke Theatre
    • David Green – Head of Faculty

    As well as the teaching of theory in the classroom, the department also benefits from a rehearsal and performance space with mirrors and fully integrated, professionally rigged lighting and sound equipment. The department also has links with both local and national professional organisations and has many associates in the industry.

    What can I do now that would help prepare me for this course?

    • Attend as many theatrical performances as possible in any style or genre.
    • Gain as much performance experience as possible in any style, period or genre.
    • Read articles in The Stage. In addition, read reviews of theatre performances in the national newspapers.
    • Read scripts of plays from a range of historical periods and genres.
    • Read books on theatre related topics such as theatre design or theatre directing.
  • Progression:

    What does this course lead to?

    Students may progress to Drama & Theatre Studies or Performing Arts related university courses or audition for professional vocational training.

    Past students have entered the professions of theatre; education; community arts; arts management; events management; and other related careers.
    Students may progress to Drama and Theatre Studies or Performing Arts related university courses or audition for professional vocational training. Past students have entered the professions of theatre; education; community arts; arts management; events management; and other related careers.

    Student Success

    Former student, Martha Godber from South Hunsley School, successfully auditioned for and gained a place on the BA Honours course in Acting at the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts (LIPA). While at Wyke, Martha premiered the play, Right, as Wyke’s entry in the National Student Drama Festival and took lead roles in the College productions of Little Shop of Horrors and Sweet Charity.