Drama & Theatre

If you have any further enquiries, please email Miss Clare Fleet, Head of Drama and Theatre Studies, at fleetc@salesiancollege.com

Why study Drama & Theatre?

A Level Drama and Theatre is not only for those wanting a career in the Performing Arts. Whatever career you choose, the practical skills which you gain in this subject will be an enormous asset to you. Self-confidence, creative and presentation skills, the ability to work co-operatively with others and an understanding of psychology are all essential qualities for anyone. The course also complements a wide range of other subjects.

What will you learn?

The study of Drama aims to help you get the most enjoyment and satisfaction from all aspects of Drama and Theatre, both as a performer and as an informed spectator. It is mainly a practical course, but you will also learn to develop your skills as an informed critic by writing about your experience of Drama and Theatre. The course will involve taking part in Drama productions and practical workshops as well as studying plays and playwrights and the history of theatre.

What do I need to study this subject?

You do not need to have studied GCSE Drama (although it does help) but what you do need is enthusiasm for the subject, a curiosity about issues and a creative instinct for communicating your ideas through Drama. You need to have an open mind and a willingness to take risks and “have a go” at a wide range of practical activities. You also need to be committed to taking part in theatrical performances and have an interest in going to the theatre to see plays performed by different theatre companies.

Why study Drama and Theatre at Salesian?

We have two highly qualified and experienced drama tutors at Salesian College and the staff to student ratio is second to none. Small classes mean that there is great opportunity for a wealth of tailor-made experiences such as: taking part in community theatre, festivals, workshops etc. as well as individual coaching and support.

What does the course involve?

AQA DRAMA AND THEATRE

The new AS level in Drama and Theatre is now a one year, standalone course and consist of two components. The full A Level has three components and the majority of the AS course can be carried forward to the full A Level.

YEAR 1 (AS)
Component 1 - Interpreting Drama (Written)

  • Section A - Set text ‘Antigone’
  • Section B - Work of Theatre makers - Response to Live Theatre

Component 2 - Process and Performance (Practical)

  • Study of two extracts from different plays - Perform extract 2
  • Portfolio

YEAR 2 (A Level)
Component 1 - Drama and Theatre (Written)

  • Section A - Set text ‘Antigone’
  • Section B - Set text 2
  • Section C - Work of Theatre makers - Response to Live Theatre

Component 2 - Creating Original Drama (Practical)

  • Create a devised Drama - influenced by the work of a Theatre practitioner
  • Working Notebook

Component 3 - Making Theatre (Practical)

  • Study of three extracts from different plays - Perform extract 3
  • Portfolio/Reflective Report