Students follow the AQA specification.
Students have 10 lessons per fortnight. The current set text for study is Playhouse Creatures and, similar to GCSE, students are expected to attend fortnightly theatre trips in order to develop their appreciation of live performance. The practical component consists of a single text-based performance, which is influenced by the work of a chosen theatrical practitioner.
There is a greater emphasis on exploration at this level and students are expected to widen their experience of theatre at large and to develop their individual appreciation of style and genre.
Students study two different texts at A2 Level, which can change depending on the skills of the students. In addition the practical component is a devised piece based on a specific theatrical style. The emphasis at A2 is on students working in specific detail and on developing a high standard of precision in both practical and written pieces.
A2 students have 10 lessons per fortnight.
Recent projects at A Level have included The Permanent Way by David Hare, Georg Buchner’s Woyzeck, Road by Jim Cartwright and an adaptation of Alice Seebold’s The Lovely Bones. The current projects are an adaptation of Angela Carter’s The Magic Toyshop and Lucy Prebble’s Enron which was hugely successful in the West End last year.