Drama and Theatre Studies

Drama and Theatre Studies

A Level

3rd Sep `22

2 Years


Attleborough Academy Norfolk

Attleborough Academy  Attleborough Academy is an inclusive, friendly and effective learning community with high aspirations and a reputation for innovation.

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Attleborough Academy 

Attleborough Academy is an inclusive, friendly and effective learning community with high aspirations and a reputation for innovation. Excellent relationships between students and staff are at the heart of the ethos of the Academy and are often commented on by those who come in to visit.

The Sixth Form offers a wide range of Advanced Level courses together with additional entitlement activities. We presently have approximately 120 students and this should rise to over 180 over the next couple of years as we are receiving record numbers of applications year on year.

Attleborough Academy was the first Secondary School in East Anglia to be awarded the prestigious Challenge Award for their educational provision for the most able. 

Attleborough students have the chance to develop a wide range of interests:  we run a number of overseas visits each year (including a Ski Trip, and European tours to Italy, Austria, Germany and beyond); in Year 13 students have the opporunity to be elected to the Presidents Team who represent and help to develop the Sixth Form; the Youth STEM Award is being introduced at Gold Level for those who wish to pursue a career in Science, Technology, Engineering or Maths; the Duke of Edinburgh Award is offered via our link with the Norfolk D of E group; and much more besides.

Facilities at this Provider:

With significant investment in Facilities having been made over the past few years and additional investment planned, Sixth Formers now enjoy a facility with four separate rooms with upgraded computers and larger screens to enable them to complete private study. With a new Sixth Form building to be developed in the 2020-21 academic year.

A dedicated Progress Mentor is on hand to support students with study and revision skills, as well as offering careers and applications guidance. 

Students are provided with both Office 365 and Google accounts, which enables them to work in the cloud, and install the Office suite of applications at home for free, on up to five computers or laptops.

For students studying Media, Photography, Drama or Product Design, recent investments in new camera equipment give students access to photographic equipment rarely seen on this scale in an education environment. In Computing; the lab gives students an environment to code, test and develop their own solutions to computing problems.

Type of Provider: School with Sixth Form


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Course details

Creative and exciting - The curriculum is designed to ignite and engage students’ creativity, passion and interests. It includes opportunities to: create drama performances as an actor or designer, study exciting texts and learn about significant theatre practitioners.

Skills for the future – This course will create independent students, critical thinkers and effective decision-makers – all personal attributes that can help them stand out as they progress through their education and into employment.

Expert teaching – Our Drama department have been closely involved in developing the new A-level and have provided training for other Drama teachers at national level. They are experienced and skilled at delivering an A-level which is both practically and academically challenging.

Overview of A-Level: Four Units

Practitioners in Practice

• Students will create their own devised performance influenced by the work of others. This must include:

– The study of two practitioners : Brecht and Frantic Assembly

– The study/exploration of an extract from a relevant supporting text (Mirad, a Boy from Bosnia)

• accompanying research report and portfolio with evidence of the process and decisions made whilst creating and developing their performance.


Exploring and Performing Texts

• Students will produce a performance based on a text chosen by teachers, which will assess their chosen theatrical skill (performance or design)

• Students will be required to produce an accompanying concept document which outlines their intentions for the performance.


Analysing Characters

Written Exam:

Section A: Students answer questions on TWO plays. Frankenstein by Nick Dear and The Love of the Nightingale by Timberlake Wertenbaker.

In section B students will analyse and evaluate a live theatre production they have seen.


Deconstructing Texts for Performance

• This component requires students to study one set text in detail: Earthquakes in London

• The paper will contain questions about directorial decisions for the text and assesses students’ knowledge and understanding of how Drama and Theatre is created and developed for performance


Attleborough Academy, 9 Norwich Road, Attleborough, Norfolk, NR17 2AJ

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Qualification: A Level
Exam Board: OCR

Admission details

Age: 16-19

Entry Requirements for this Course:

GCSE Drama 5  |  English Language 5 

Progression into the second year of the course is reliant on students achieving a minimum D grade in the End of Year 1 Exam, and successful completion of the Year 1 Performance and Portfolio.


  • Andy Cole (Head of Sixth Form)
  • Attleborough Academy Norfolk
  • 01953452335