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Theatre Studies AS A2 at Bishop Stopford CE School

Course description

In A Level Theatre Studies, you will study the origins, aims and techniques of theatre and learn how to view theatre performances with a critical eye. You will also develop your practical skills in theatre.

It combines well with other subjects, and will lead to a huge range of further opportunities such as performing arts, arts and humanities courses at university, and careers in performing arts and teaching.

Course content

In Year 12(AS) Level you will:

1) Write about a live production and a prescribed play

2) Performe an extract from a play

In Year 13(A2) level you will:

1) Study two further prescribed plays (including one written before 1900)

2) Perform a devised drama (ie one you have created yourself)

Entry requirements

Five GCSEs at Grade C is the minimum entry requirement, although we recommend an average of 8 Grade C GCSEs.

While you do not have to have studied GCSE Drama to begin the course, it is an advantage ot have done so.


This course is assessed by a combination of written papers and performance.

Written papers are worth 60% and performance is worth 40% at both AS and A2 level.

Financial information

It is required that you attend performanced as part of the course. The visits will carry costs for transport and tickets: these will vary for each performance.

Further information

Because the subject is practical, it is important that you are willing to take part in extra-curricular activities relating to the theatre. We recommend that you join a drama group outside school to put your skills into practice, and that you support school drama groups too.

You have to be committed to working with others outside lessons so that your practical skills and assessment preparation is effective.

Whilst all our courses are compatible with each other, the timetable may limit some combinations.

For subject specific details please contact Head of Drama:

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Bishop Stopford CE School directly.

Last updated date: 16 November 2015
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