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Highdown School
and Sixth Form Centre

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Overview

Drama students are dynamic, creative, outgoing and confident people.  These qualities are highly valued by employers and university tutors.  Drama and Theatre can be combined with dozens of other higher education and university courses.

Awarding Organisation: AQA 7262

Reformed/Linear A-Level: Yes

More information: Mrs S Lake

 

Entry Requirements

GCSE Grade 4+ in Drama and GCSE Grade 5+ in English Language, plus the standard Sixth Form entry requirements.

 

Curriculum and Assessment

2 Year Overview

 

Component 1: Drama and theatre

The assessment is by a written paper - 3 hours - 40% of A Level

 

Component 2: Creating original drama (Practical)

The assessment is by portfolio and performance of extract - 30% of A Level

 

Component 3: Making theatre (Practical)

The assessment is by portfolio and performance of extract - 30% of A Level

 

 

Skills that will be developed

Drama students at this level are not only excellent team players with advanced communication and negotiation skills but also creative and original thinkers who push the boundaries of their imaginations.  Physical control and flexibility are need for a convincing role on stage in addition to accepting the demands of ‘ensemble’ acting, where the ‘group’ is more important that the ‘individual’.  Timing, risk taking, vocal variation, characterisation and the skills of ‘devising’ are all covered on the course.

 

Post 18 Opportunities

Drama and Theatre Studies can lead to a career in journalism, teaching, television broadcasting, the radio and music industry, social work and the theatre profession both as a performer and technician.

 

Destinations of students in the last two years:

  • Delamar Academy – Make up and special effects
  • University of Surrey – Theatre and Performance Studies
  • Tiffany Theatre College - Dance

 

Expenses

Students may be required to purchase set texts or subject related books.  During the course there are regular trips to the theatre which will incur costs but we will support students with financial difficulties.