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St Thomas More

Catholic School


Course outline/exam content

Component 1 ‘Devising’- A performance is developed from a stimulus that is assessed by your teacher and includes the submission of a portfolio of evidence that documents your progress.

Component 2 ‘Performance from Text’- You perform two extracts from a play in small groups to an external examiner.

Component 3 ‘Theatre Makers in Practice’- A written exam taken at the end of the course which requires you to answer 6 questions on how you would rehearse and perform an extract of text and an evaluation of a theatre performance that you have seen.

What type of student succeeds at Drama GCSE?
Drama requires team-working skills, as well as self-motivation. Confidence and communication skills are just as important as writing ability. Experience in Drama is also necessary as you must be confident when performing in front of an audience.

Students receive homework every lesson: either practical rehearsal or written work. Outside of lessons we provide the space, resources and guidance; You need to commit to constant rehearsal, research and study.

Extra Curricular Opportunities
Our current selection of activities includes: Mountview Academy of Arts (the professional Drama School) weekly training sessions for selected pupils, workshops from Drama Schools including RADA/LAMDA/Central, the opportunity to be in termly school drama presentations, frequent theatre trips to the West End.


Future Directions

Which A Levels could this lead to?

Drama and Theatre, English,  Ethics, History, Sociology.

Further Education (FE) courses require Drama and Theatre A Level?
Drama-related degrees range from Acting (at Drama Schools) to Theatre Studies (at Universities) to Applied Theatre (at both). They usually require Drama and Theatre A Level and often English too. Law degree students often took Drama and Theatre A Level.

Which FE courses look favourably on Drama and Theatre A Level?
Drama and Theatre A Level is favourable for any degree which requires creativity and presentation skills. Drama entry requirements are anywhere between BCC and AAB. Some have an audition process.

To which careers could Drama and Theatre A Level lead?
Acting, drama workshop facilitating - it is also relevant to roles involving presentations and public speaking.