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Sixth Form

Drama & Theatre A Level

The course is highly-regarded by universities due to its focus on critical thinking and analysis within the different components. Despite the fact that the written element of the course comprises 70% of the overall grade, there are also regular opportunities for pupils to develop performance work; the practical elements include devised work and two scripted performances. Pupils study a range of set texts and explore these practically and theoretically before developing their production concepts for the written paper.

Embley offers workshops with professional theatre companies as part of their study of Drama and Theatre, in order to deepen their study of key practitioners and theatrical styles. We also offer a wide range of theatre trips for pupils, as part of the Live Theatre review component of the course and to inspire the development of practical work. Our lessons are delivered in our specialist Performing Arts facilities.

There are opportunities to develop design and technical skills, with support from our visiting theatre technician, as part of our numerous theatre productions. Pupils can also offer design as their skill for the practical components in the course.

The Drama co-curriulum offers pupils a plethora of opportunities to perform each year, with firm favourites being the school musical, the Senior Play and showcases. A Level pupils also take active roles in facilitating co-curricular Drama activities for younger pupils, including directing productions and leading clubs and workshops.

Examination board: Pearson Edexcel

Where could this course take you?

This course can lead to a range of exciting career paths in the Performing Arts and combines well with most other subjects, either as a complementary or contrasting option. It is also a useful subject to study if preparing for careers which require interpersonal and communication skills. Our former pupils are working in a wide range of industries, from theatre, TV and film to law, marketing and personal relations.