Would you like to study drama and theatre at an advanced level? This course is suitable for a wide range of students, with a variety of goals. This includes those who enjoy performing, and are considering a career in the profession. It also includes those who want to develop their self-confidence, or progress from their GCSE Drama course.
Whatever your motivation, this course enables you to develop skills in acting, scriptwriting, devising, analysing text, directing, and designing. It also encourages broader skills such as working with others. In addition to working with other students who also enjoy performing, you will have the opportunity to analyse live theatre performances, in local venues and in cities like Birmingham and London.
The course can be taken as part of a full-time programme of study, in conjunction with other AS/A Level subjects, or possibly with vocational Level 3 qualifications.
There are numerous reasons why students show interest in studying “Drama and Theatre Arts”.
Many students follow the course because they enjoy performing and are considering a career in the profession, while others simply want to develop self-confidence or as a natural progression from their GCSE Drama course. Whatever reason, “Drama and Theatre Arts” gives you the opportunity to develop a range of skills that include acting, scriptwriting, devising, analysing text, directing and designing as well as interpersonal skills such as working with others; giving you the chance to work with other students who also enjoy performing.
Another important part of the course is analysing live performances therefore theatre visits are arranged. We support local venues as well as arrange trips further afield to Birmingham and London. Drama students are also encouraged to take part in extracurricular College shows
DA1: Performance Workshop
For this unit, you will either act in a group or contribute to a chosen technical production to a performance from:
- A set text
- A devised piece
You will answer three questions:
- One pre -1900 from a prescribed list
- One post -1900 from a prescribed list
- Live theatre review
DA3: Performance on a Set Theme
You will be expected to work in response to a theme set by WJEC and prepare two performances. In each case candidates will either act or demonstrate a technical production skill with a group of performers. The performance will include: scenes/extracts from a published text and a piece devised by the group. An evaluation of performance work for both pieces will be required.
DA4: Text in Context
- Two set texts from a prescribed list: one pre-1900 and one post-1900
- Directorial analysis of an unseen text.
There will be four sections to the paper: ground plan, design/costume, lighting/sound and movement.