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Drama & Theatre Studies AS & A Level at Archbishop Tenison's CofE High School

Course description

This course builds on work done in the Edexcel GCSE course. However, if you are interested in this course but have not taken GCSE Drama, you may still be able to take the course if you have ability and enthusiasm. 

Course content

We focus on acting and directing skills. You will be set regular written assignments exploring different aspects of theatre.    We organise theatre visits for coursework and exam preparation.

Entry requirements

Drama & Theatre Studies requires commitment, creativity and the ability to work well with others when performing in productions and participating in workshops. There is a manageable amount of written coursework at both AS and A2. Students will need to rehearse outside of lesson time and after school, usually on a Tuesday or a Thursday. Students are encouraged to take part in whole school Drama, either in an acting role, backstage or at front of house. They will have the opportunity to be involved in running Drama Club for younger pupils and students and of being a Drama Ambassador.

A minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade B (or grade 6 in English and Mathematics) is required to have a free choice of A‐ Level courses.   We would anticipate that you would achieve a minimum of GCSE grade 5 in English Language and Mathematics.

Students will be expected to achieve at least a grade B in the subjects they choose to take and this will be applied rigidly to Mathematics, Further Mathematics, the Sciences and Modern Foreign Languages.  


Examining Body:  Edexcel

AS Level

Component 1: Exploration and Performance (60% of AS) 

  • A group performance of a key extract from a performance text
  • A monologue performance from a different text
  • A written portfolio – 2000 – 2500 words

Component 2: Theatre Makers in Practice (40% of AS) 

  • Written exam (1.75 hours) covering two areas: Live theatre evaluation and Page to Stage, which looks at possible interpretations of a performance text

A2 Level

Component 1: Devising (40% of A2)   (Portfolio 60 marks, Performance 20 marks)

  • Devise and perform in an original performance piece, using a play extract and a theatre practitioner as stimuli
  • Produce a portfolio of evidence tracing the devising process 2500 – 3000 words

Component 2: Text in Performance (20% of A2)

  • A group performance of one key extract from a performance text
  • A    monologue or duologue from a different performance text Component 3: Theatre Makers in Practice (40% of A2)
  • Written exam (2.5 hours) covering three areas: Live theatre evaluation; Page to Stage and Interpreting a Performance Text

Future opportunities

The course develops practical, creative and communication skills. It complements a range of subjects and builds confidence, leadership and teamwork as well as presentation skills, qualities employers are looking for. A qualification in Drama would be particularly useful for a career in the theatre, teaching, public services, social services, law, the media or indeed any career which involves communication and working with the public. 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Archbishop Tenison's CofE High School directly.

Last updated date: 26 October 2016
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