Drama and Theatre
Mrs A Asbury Dip LAMDA, BA Hull, PGCE (Head of Department)
Examination body: Edexcel
Drama and Theatre Studies offers pupils further opportunity to develop their theatre skills, whilst at the same time encouraging them to make the connections between different subjects and disciplines; developing their presentation, communication skills and teamwork. The requirement for independent study and research prepares them well for the rigours of University.
The A Level course has a clear and coherent structure with a practical focus. As well as offering engaging and inspiring set texts it offers pupils the freedom to choose performance texts that are best suited to their strengths, interests and performance skills. Pupils will develop skills that are transferable to the work place such as collaboration, communication and an understanding of how to amend and refine work. Pupils who have taken this A Level have gone on to pursue higher education in law, teaching, media, academia, linguistics, events management and a host of other subjects that require excellent communication, teamwork and problem solving skills as well as drama and theatre related work.
GCSE Drama is preferable but not essential
Delivery and Assessment
The AS and A Level in Drama and Theatre will be assessed through a combination of a 40% written exam and 60% Non-Examined Assessment (NEA).
Alice achieved top grades in her GCSEs and, subsequently, in four A Levels. Whilst at school, she achieved her Grade 8 Singing and Grade 8 LAMDA Acting, both with high distinctions. Alice now studies Art History and English at the University of St Andrews and balances this alongside stage work, both outside and within the university. She holds a choral scholarship with The Holy Trinity, St Andrews, and has just been cast as the Forester's Wife in 'The Cunning Little Vixen' (Byre Opera).