The Drama team comprises:
Miss Angela Davies (Head of Department and Director of Performing & Creative Arts)
Miss Bernie Collins
Miss Charlotte Pollentine (Technician)
A Level Drama & Theatre Arts is taught in the fully-equipped air-conditioned Studio. Facilities in the studio include full black out, sound system, lighting facility and two image projectors. It is a versatile performance space for all students.
What do students study?
At Key Stage 5, the AS and A2 options follow the AQA ‘Drama and Theatre Studies' specification.
This is a popular, one or two year course that will:
- Enable students to gain an entry qualification for a variety of courses in higher education
- Develop students’ skills in a range of practical elements with a choice from acting, directing, and technical design
- Make students work in groups of two to eight actors to create original theatre
- Allow students to choose their own areas of interest for research into an influential director, designer, theatre company or theatre practitioner
- Offer students a wide choice of set plays for study and the opportunity to experience live theatre and develop their ability to make critical and evaluative judgements
Past Sidmouth College Drama students are now teachers, lawyers, journalists, presenters, police, sales representatives, actors, performers, presenters on TV & Radio, lighting and sound technicians, stage managers and directors, Pop Stars and street performers. The Entertainment industry is diverse and exciting and a huge employer of young talent.
AS Level: This comprises two Units:
Unit 1: Live Theatre Production Seen and Prescribed Play (60% of AS total marks/30% of total A2 marks)
In Section A: Students will respond to exciting live theatre experienced during the course.
In Section B: Students will study a prescribed play focusing on the interpretation of the play from a performance perspective.
Unit 2: Presentation of an Extract from a Play (40% of the AS total marks / 20% of the total A2 Marks)
Students will work in a group to present an extract from a published play. They will complete supporting notes (1500 words) analysing the preparation and development of the process. This will include the study of an influential director, designer, theatre company or other practitioner linked to the practical work.
A2 Level: This comprises a further two Units:
Unit 3: Further study of prescribed texts including pre-twentieth century plays (30% of the total A Level marks).
In section A: Students will study a prescribed play pre-twentieth century text focusing on interpretation of the play from a performance perspective.
In section B: Students will study a contemporary play responding to a specific question and extract printed in the exam paper.
Unit 4: Presentation of Devised Drama (20% of the total A Level marks)
As a group, students will create an exciting, original piece of effective theatre using all the available technical and physical resources available. They will complete supporting notes (1500 words) analysing the preparation and development of the devising process.
How are students assessed?
AS Level - Students study two units at AS Level:
Unit 1: Written paper (1½ hours), Response to Live Theatre and Prescribed Play
Section A – Students answer a question about a piece of live theatre they have seen using supporting notes.
Section B – Students answer a question about a set text from the perspective of a Director, Actor or Designer.
Unit 2: Students are required to work in a group to present an extract from a published play to an audience. They also have to produce 1500 word supporting notes outlining the working process.
A2 Level - Students study two units at A2 Level:
Unit 3: Students sit a written paper (2 hours) covering two prescribed texts
Section A – Answer a question based on the study of a pre- 20th Century Play
Section B – Answer a question based on the study of a 20th Century Play.
Unit 4: Students are required to work in a group to devise and perform an original piece of theatre in a specific style. They must also produce 1500 word supporting notes outlining the working process (20%).
Contact Miss Angela Davies, Director of Performing and Creative Arts for further information: