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

    The College entry criteria for all level three courses can be found on our ”Entry Criteria Guidance” pdf document.

    Entry is by successful completion of practical work and attendance at Wyke Start.

  • Course Details:

    Exam Board

    Edexcel

    A Level Drama & Theatre Studies

    YEAR 1

    Students are expected to demonstrate a practical understanding of: a minimum of one complete and substantial performance text and a minimum of two key extracts from two different texts, placed in the context of the whole text.

    Students must study the work and methodologies of one influential theatre practitioner (individual or companies).

    Students are required to participate in: a minimum of one performance from a text studied during the course.

    YEAR 2

    Students are expected to demonstrate a practical understanding of: a minimum of two complete and substantial performance texts and at least three key extracts from three different texts placed in the context of the whole text.

    Students must study the work and methodologies of two theatre practitioners.

    Students are required to participate in: a minimum of two performances, one devised and one from a performance text studied during the course.

    Assessment

    Students will be assessed through a combination of a 40% written exam and 60% Non-Examined Assessment (NEA).

    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 and are required to perform at public events. In addition, students have the opportunity to participate in the College productions; complete LAMDA acting exams; gain experience operating sound and lighting equipment; participate in workshops with professional theatre companies.

    The Drama & Theatre Studies Department at Wyke Sixth Form College

    The department uses a rehearsal and performance space that has a fully sprung dance floor, mirrors and sound and lighting facilities. In addition, it also has a studio space with fully sprung dance floor, mirrors and sound equipment. It has access to the College Library and classroom facilities as well as the state of the art college ICT facilities.

    The Drama and Theatre Studies staff are:

    • Jamie Farrow, Head of Drama

    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.
  • Progression:

    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 drama schools, winning a place at LIPA (Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts) on the acting course.

    While at Wyke, Martha played the principal role of Charity in Sweet Charity and premiered the play, Right, for the National Student Drama Festival.