A-Level Theatre Studies allows students to develop both knowledge and enjoyment of Drama and Theatre by exploring plays from specific practitioners’ perspectives and developing their own acting and theatrical skills through a range of performances. You will study plays ranging from Ancient Greek comedy to contemporary drama, devise your own original pieces of theatre and explore practitioners such as Stanislavski, Brecht and Artaud.
Sometimes parents & carers are concerned when their young person wishes to take A-Level Drama & Theatre Studies in case it is “not a proper academic subject”. They should be reassured as this is actually one of the most testing courses in terms of research, analysis communication and writing that can be studied. The skills involved can be used in a wide range of University courses and careers, including journalism, human resource management, law, teaching and of course, acting.
Steve Jobs said “Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. … and the reason they were able to do that was that they’ve had more experiences or they have thought more about their experiences than other people.” Studying A-level Theatre Studies develops the very skills that Jobs is speaking of, by exposing you to experiences and ideas beyond your own; by encouraging you to explore the world around you and by requiring you to come up with innovative and original ways of working. It is a course valued by employers and universities alike and will provide you with some of the most memorable moments of your time in sixth form.
- Component 1: Interpreting drama.
Written exam on a set text and a live theatre performance. 40% of overall level
- Component 2: Process and Performance
Practical exploration and interpretation of two scripted extracts, supported by a portfolio evidencing the process and performance. 60% of level
- Component 1: Drama and Theatre
Written exam on a set text and a live theatre performance. 40% of the A-level
- Component 2: Creating Original Drama
Working with a group to create a devised piece of theatre, supported by a working notebook evidencing the process and performance. 30% of the A-level
- Component 3: Making Theatre
Practical exploration and performance of three scripted extracts accompanied by a reflective report analysing and interpreting the theatrical interpretation of each. 30% of the A-level.
A-Level Year 1
Unit 1 – Exploration of Drama and Theatre (20% of the total A-Level marks) The practical study of two contrasting play texts accompanied by a set of exploration notes.
Unit 2 – Theatre Text in Performance (30% of the total A-Level marks) Performing a monologue and group scripted performance to a visiting examiner and live audience.
A-Level Year 2
Unit 3 – Exploration of Dramatic Performance (20% of the total A-Level mark) The research, development and performance of a devised piece of theatre accompanied by written evidence reflecting on the process and performance.
Unit 4 – Theatre Text in Context (30% of the total A-Level marks) The detailed study of one set play text and one prescribed historical period of theatre development assessed through a two and a half hour written exam in June.
Accrington Academy’s Drama Department gives you the chance to study in a friendly, supportive environment with teachers who personalise your learning to enable you to succeed. We have fantastic facilities that rival any in the North West and combine this with a strong extra-curricular programme including opportunities such as performing in a full-scale musical each year, smaller studio performances, running drama clubs for younger students and trips to the theatre, which last year included Manchester’s Royal Exchange and The Swan in Stratford Upon Avon.
Mrs N. Grace
Subject Leader Drama
My career before teaching went from being an actor and waitress whilst at college and university to working as a Human Resource Manager for first the NHS and then De Vere Hotels. Upon realising that an HR career was never going to fuel my passion for English and Drama, I returned to university to complete a PGCSE in English with Drama and Media Studies and I've never regretted that move! Every day as Subject Leader of Drama, I get to share my subject with bright, entertaining students and watch them develop as people, performers and creative thinkers. What a great job!
Miss E. Starkey
Assistant Principal | Teacher Theatre Studies
From a young age I knew I wanted to be a teacher and as clichéd as it may sound, this was largely as a result of having really inspirational teachers, my dance teacher at secondary school in particular. After completing my degree, I quickly gained experience working in a number of secondary schools before embarking on my PGCE course to become a qualified teacher. Since qualifying, I have worked in a variety of schools, with Accrington Academy obviously being the best! All of these schools have one thing in common....The pupils who love to learn! I consider it a privilege when I have the opportunity to get to know our learners and watch them make amazing progress both academically and as young people. Obviously, teaching Drama means that I may be the one lucky enough to discover the next Oscar winning actor. For me, however, the real pleasure is in seeing pupils growing in confidence and developing ambition. I firmly believe that Drama allows pupils to aim high, believe in themselves and achieve.
Mrs V. Thornber
Teacher of Drama
I have always loved reading and at school English was my favourite subject. When I was at school I was shy and didn't have the confidence to voice my opinion, until my English teacher made me realise that everybody's thoughts and opinions are worth hearing. I completed my degree in English and my PGCE in English and Drama, I was initially employed as an English and Drama teacher. Drama quickly became my strength and I thoroughly enjoy seeing the students building their confidence and finding their voice. I hope that I help my students in the same way that my English teacher helped me.
Miss K. Allcott
Teacher Theatre Studies & Dance
I studied dance through secondary school before being auditioned and offered a place by the Northern School of Contemporary Dance. I trained there for four years and graduated in 2011 with a degree in Contemporary Dance Performance majoring in my final year in Dance Artists in Education. After completing my degree I was offered a position as a teaching assistant at an international English school in Kuwait. While there in addition to my classroom-based work I established an extra curricular dance programme for students aged from 2 to 15. With this experience I was encouraged to plan, develop and then lead a foundation stage dance curriculum for the school. Shortly after, I set off on a six month travelling adventure, which included one month of volunteering in Nepal teaching dance and drama. In addition to the above I have for the last few years worked with the International Theatre Schools Association as an 'ensemble leader'. This involves creating and leading dance and drama workshops with students from around the world in a variety of venues including the Eden Project and Brussels International middle school. Recently I have completed my postgraduate certificate of education at the university of Exeter, specializing in Secondary dance.
I started teaching at Accrington Academy in 2014, teaching BTEC/ A Level Dance and GCSE Drama. I also design and deliver tailored Primary Dance schemes for learning, visiting a range of Primary Schools around the Hyndburn and Ribble Valley district additionally offering continued professional development lectures for teachers.
Students achieving grades A* - C (2015)
I thought A-Level Theatre Studies was an exciting opportunity to study something creative and practical. Although I didn’t have a lot of performance experience before starting the course, I knew I would enjoy the challenges of live performance having done extra-curricular drama in KS4. I love the range of play texts we study and developing a performance from initial ideas through to a polished piece of theatre. I know Theatre Studies has given me greater confidence and the ability to think imaginatively.Abigail Pickup
Theatre Trips & Productions
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