Drama and Theatre A Level

Board: OCR 20118

About the subject

The course demands practical, creative and communication skills in almost equal measure. You will extend your ability to create drama and theatre, either in a performing OR production role. Collyer’s has an excellent reputation for the quality of its drama work, with many of our students progressing to the top Universities and Drama Schools in the country.

Candidates get the opportunity to work on devised, contemporary and classical plays. They will be expected to purchase set texts and pay for a variety of theatre trips during the course. For extra information contact our subject leader for Drama – nk@collyers.ac.uk

Learning styles

The Head of Subject (Neil Kendall) works professionally as an actor, lyricist, writer and director. He has over two decades of teaching experience at A level and is a fellow of Royal Society of Arts.

You will also be required to write about drama and to develop your powers of analysis to become an informed critic. Candidates will be assessed on their competence in applied practical skills, their appreciation of plays from a director/designer/actor’s viewpoint, their knowledge of theatrical influences and their appreciation of selected practitioners. The course will involve taking part in drama productions, as well as studying plays and playwrights.

Subject Combinations and Progression

Drama & Theatre provides an excellent addition to any rigorous programme of study. Many students seek to combine their interest in theatre with Film Studies, History, Politics, Sociaology, Dance, Psychology, English, Music Technology or Design.

Subject Modules and Assessment

A linear Alevel course, this subject runs for two years. Structure (all modules are taken in the second year)

  •  ‘Analysing Performance’ – June WRITTEN EXAM 1 (20% of the A level): Students will look at the thematic of heroes/villains in relation to Total Theatre and Renaissance Theatre. They will also analyse ‘live’ performances they have seen (which cannot be pre-recorded).
  • ‘Deconstructing Text’ – June WRITTEN EXAM 2 (20% of the A level): Students will study a contemporary tragedy from the perspective of how they would present the script to an audience.
  • ‘Practitioners in Practise’ – Autumn PRACTICAL EXAM 1 (internal – 40% of the A level): Building on the Theatre of Catastrophe studied in their first year, students will now explore devised work based on physical and musical theatre conventions. . Part of the assessment will be a portfolio of rehearsal notes and an essay on two practitioners.
  • ‘Exploring and performing texts’ – Spring PRACTICAL EXAM 2 . Including a proforma, the students will be examined on a performance of a text (15-45mins) of the centre’s choosing.

Subject Entry requirements

4 in English – due to sizable the written element. No previous Drama experience required.