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A Level Drama and Theatre Studies at Garth Hill College

Course description

Content of the AS course

Unit 1: Live Theatre Production Seen and Prescribed Play:

  •  60% of AS, 30% of A Level
  •  1 hour 30 minutes written examination
  •  100 marks
  •  One question from each of two sections.
  •  Section A – response to live theatre seen during the course
  •  Section B – study of one set play from a choice of six

Unit 2: Presentation of an Extract from a Play:

  •  40% of AS, 20% of A Level
  •  Practical performance
  •  80 marks
  •  Performance by a group of an extract from a published play.
  •  The assessment also includes candidates’ preparatory and development work and supporting notes.

Content of the A2 course

Unit 3: Further Prescribed Plays including Pre-Twentieth Century:

  •  30% of A Level
  •  2 hour written paper
  •  100 marks
  •  Study of two further set plays

Unit 4: Presentation of Devised Drama:

  •  20% of A Level
  •  Practical performance
  •  80 marks
  •  Performance by a group of devised drama. The assessment also includes candidates’ preparatory and development work and supporting notes.

Entry requirements

Students should have attained a C grade for both GCSE English Literature and English Language. It is not essential to have studied GCSE Drama or Level 2 BTEC Performing Arts. In any case students must have a keen interest in theatre, drama, or the Performing Arts. Due to the demanding nature of the course, students must ensure that their attendance is excellent. There is an expectation that you will attend the theatre visits organised by the Department, throughout the course.


The structure of the specification at each level, AS and A2, is one written unit (60%) and one practical unit (40%).

At AS, the written unit consists of the study of one set play, in terms of its performance potential, and of live productions seen during the course.

At A2, the written unit requires the study of a further two set plays.

In the practical units, both AS and A2 students present a performance, working in a group. The written units are externally set and marked.

The practical units are internally assessed by the teacher and externally moderated by a visiting moderator.

Future opportunities

You will study many aspects of Drama focusing primarily on theatre; theatre history, different movements, key practitioners, different styles and approaches to practical work and the study of texts.

It integrates the theory of Drama and Theatre with practical application. It encourages experimentation with practical work and offers options for acting, costumes, masks, set design and lighting. Students are encouraged to develop their interest in, and enjoyment of, Drama and Theatre, both through their development and acquisition of dramatic skills and through their experiences as a member of an audience.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Garth Hill College directly.

Last updated date: 27 April 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years


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