Department | Theatre Studies2021-01-19T11:19:41+00:00

Department | Theatre Studies



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Subject Information

This course is taught at Saint Catherine’s College Armagh as part of the collaboration programme across the Armagh Area Learning Community

The aims of the Theatre Studies Department: A-level Drama and Theatre

The specification inspires pupils to become independent theatre makers with the skills they need to go on to higher education, whether that is to study a course in drama and theatre or another subject. The course provides a broad introduction to the theatre and how a production is put on. It covers all the areas that contribute to the final outcome.

Pupils will have an inspiring experience of A-level Drama and Theatre. This qualification emphasises practical creativity alongside research and theoretical understanding. Pupils learn through experience, seeing theatre and making theatre for themselves. Pupils are introduced to a wide range of theatrical styles and contexts as they explore plays practically, devise and work on performances.

Pupils choose to develop as a:

  • performer

  • designer (lighting, sound, set, costume, puppets)

  • director

  • combination of these

Whichever option they choose, pupils will gain many invaluable skills, both theatrical and transferable, to expand their horizons.

There’s another reason our A-level in Drama and Theatre is so valued. Pupils of AQA Drama and Theatre develop skills that are not just essential for drama but applicable to a wide range of higher education subjects and in the workplace. This specification refines pupils’ collaborative skills, their analytical thinking and their approach to research. Pupils grow in confidence and maturity as they successfully realise their own ideas. They learn to evaluate objectively and develop a sound appreciation of the influences that cultural and social contexts can have on decision making.

Whatever the future holds, pupils of A-level Drama and Theatre emerge with a toolkit of transferable skills preparing them for their next steps.

The A-level Drama and Theatre offers pupils s the opportunity to explore drama as a practical art form, in which ideas and meaning are communicated to an audience through choices of form, style and convention.

Pupils will:

  • create, perform and respond to drama and theatre

  • develop the creativity and independence to become effective theatre makers

  • explore the relationship between theory and practice in a range of theatrical styles and periods and historical, social and cultural contexts

  • learn how relevant research, independent thought and analysis of live theatre production can inform decision making in their practical work and put this understanding into practice

  • experience the ways in which theatre makers collaborate to create theatre

The subject content details the knowledge, understanding and skills that students are expected to develop throughout the course of study.

The subject content for A-level Drama and Theatre is divided into three components:

  • Drama and theatre

  • Creating original drama

  • Making theatre

  • Guidance is also provided on the theatrical skills students will need to work on

In the practical components students may specialise in performing, lighting, sound, set, costume, puppets and/or directing.

The examination board is AQA. This is a two year linear A level with the examination at the end of the two-year course.


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