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Drama and Theatre Studies at Thomas Gainsborough School

Course description


Unit 1 – 60%
2 set texts are studied . Work is assessed through a series of videoed workshops in the Autumn Term.
Portfolio – 8 short pieces of coursework are required for each text.
Live Theatre – timed controlled coursework. A number of reviews will be completed and the best will be submitted to
the examination board.
Unit 2 – 40%
Students perform a monologue or duologue to an external examiner in May.
Students must prepare a written directorial concept for submission to the board at least a month before their
performance date.
Students perform a long play extract to an external examiner in May. This is directed by the teacher.
Unit 3 – 40%
Students devise and perform a play based on a given theme or idea in February. They are assessed on their preparation
and performance.
Students keep a log of their rehearsals and are required to complete 4 essays on their preparation and 2 on evaluation.
Unit 4 – 60%
Written Exam.
An essay based on study of a set text. ( 3 short answer questions & 1 essay).
An essay based on study of a live Shakespearean Production with a hypothetical production in original performance

Entry requirements

GCSE English B, GCSE Drama B (not essential)


Assessed workshops, Performance, Written coursework and written examination.

Future opportunities

This is an academic course recognised by universities of good standing. For those taking English, it gives a more practical and hands on approach to Drama as well as academic rigour. For those interested in careers in the Arts whether backstage,

lighting, sound, acting or directing it gives you a knowledge of drama and theatre. This is not specifically an acting course and talented performers will still need a good academic background.

Further information

Students who have not taken drama will be considered. We have had real success in this area. Students must have an interest in theatre and plays, not just performing!

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Thomas Gainsborough School directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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