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Theatre Studies AS/A Level (WJEC) at Allerton Grange School

Course description

You should consider this course if you have a love of live theatre and performance in all its forms. The course is practical in nature and involves a lot of extra work outside of normal lesson time.

Course content

AS Study: Through an intensely practical approach you will learn to create, rehearse and understand theatre using the techniques of a range of theatre practitioners, from Stanislavski and Brecht to Artaud and Brook. Working as a member of a group you will create two performance pieces, one scripted and one devised, for examination: these will be performed to an audience. You will also study a pre- and a post 20th Century play in detail as an actor and a director. You will develop an appreciation of theatre in all its forms, and undertake precise studies of live theatre productions.

A2 Study: You will continue to develop your understanding of theatre theory through practical work. You will further develop your understanding of the practical and technical aspects of theatre production. You will produce two further performance pieces for examination in response to a given theme: one will be made up of extracts from a pre-existing script; the other will be devised by your group. You will study a further two pre- and post 20th Century plays

Entry requirements

Applications are considered on an individual basis but subject areas have their own entry requirements. As a guide you will normally be expected to have achieved a minimum of the following:

Level 3 courses - a good range of GCSEs at A* - C including English and Maths or the equivalent at BTEC level.

Level 2 courses - 2 Ds at GCSE


Specific entry requirements for this course are as follows:

Although we would prefer a minimum of a grade B in GCSE Drama, we will consider students with no previous Drama qualification.


AS Level

Unit 1: 'Performance Workshop'. Working as part of a group either as an actor or a technician you will create two examined performance pieces, one from a play script and one devised, in the styles of two different theatre practitioners.

Unit 2: 'Text in Performance'. Examined by one written paper of 2 hours. You will answer three questions: one on a pre 20th Century play, one on a post 20th Century play and one on a live theatre production you have studied during the course.


A2 Level

Unit 3: 'Performance on a Set Theme'. Working in a group as an actor or a technician, you will produce two performances in response to a theme set by the examining board. One of these will be drawn from a pre-existing play and one will be devised by the group. The performances will be accompanied by a written evaluation.

Unit 4: 'Text in Context'. Examined by one written paper of 2 and a half hours. You will answer questions on the pre and post 20th Century plays which you have studied. You will also write a directorial analysis of an extract from an unseen play

Financial information

There are no costs associated with this course.

Future opportunities

Previously our Theatre students have gone on to degree courses in Performance and Technical Theatre, as well as careers both on and behind the scenes of the West End stage.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 01 February 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: Two years