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Drama and Theatre Studies A Level at Harris Academy South Norwood

Course description

The AS course has two Units:


In Unit 1 you will study two plays through a series of practical workshops. These practical workshops will give you the opportunity to develop your understanding of the characters, themes and social, cultural, historical and political context. You will write up your exploration in a 3000 word Exploration Notes document.

As a class we will go to the theatre to see a live performance. You will analyse this performance and write a 1000 word essay on the production.


In Unit 2, you will perform a role in a monologue or duologue and a group production of a play. You will take part in workshops that will help you to develop your performance skills. Your final performance will be to a visiting examiner from Edexcel who will give you an overall grade for this unit.


The A2 course has two additional Units.


In Unit 3 you will work in group to devise your own piece of drama for presentation. This will be based on a stimulus set by your teacher. To support your devising and evaluation process, you will submit a 3500 word Supporting Written Evidence Document which sums up the journey you have taken through developing, performing and reflecting on you play.


In the final Unit, you will study two further plays. The first play will be from the point of view of a director and is a text set by the exam board. The second play will be by Shakespeare and must include seeing a contemporary production. You will then sit a 2 hours 30 minutes written exam which requires you to sum up your modern interpretation of the play prescribed by the exam board and compare the production of the Shakespeare play you saw to an original production of the same play.

Entry requirements

Students require a grade B or above in Drama and English Language GCSE.  Please see the Generic Entry Requirement Document for more details. Students will be required to attend an audition for the course during the summer term.

Successful completion of AS Drama and Theatre Studies with a grade D or above is necessary to carry on to Year 13 Drama and Theatre Studies.


The AS Units 1 and 2 represent 50% of the Advanced GCE.

The A2 Units 3 and 4 represent 50% of the Advanced GCE.

Future opportunities

A Level Drama will offer you a range of opportunities for progression in the work place or Higher Education. Students who want to go on to further study can use it to continue with Drama and Performance at University or Drama school.

A number of students go on to study other subjects and use their experience in A Level Drama to support their work in analysis, people and presentation skills, self-confidence, problem solving, project development and design. Students have gone on to study both academic subjects such as English and Theatre Studies, Law or Social Sciences and vocational subjects such as Design for Theatre, Acting, Film and Television.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Harris Academy South Norwood directly.

Last updated date: 07 April 2017
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