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Drama & Theatre Studies AS & A Level at Cardinal Newman Catholic School ~ A Specialist Arts and Community College

Course description

A level courses based on this specification encourage candidates to develop and further their interest in and enjoyment of drama and theatre as they:

  • Demonstrate the application of performance and/or production skills through the realisation of drama and theatre.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of practical and theoretical aspects of drama and theatre using appropriate terminology,
  • Interpret plays from different periods and genres.
  • Make critical and evaluative judgements of live theatre.

Course content

Students are provided with a text extract and a practitioner as a stimulus and are asked to produce a unique piece of theatre. Students produce a portfolio detailing their choices in devising

Candidates study, prepare and perform a small cast play and perform a published monologue that will showcase their specific performance skills.

An externally examined unit. In preparation students will view a new, exciting theatre production and then they must prepare to write an insightful review within the exam. Students will also practically study a play text in depth and within the exam they must discuss how they intend to realise the extract in performance.

Entry requirements

The entry requirement is that a student must have achieved a minimum of 5 GCSEs at grades A*-C.


A level examination will include:

  • Section A – Live evaluation of theatre
  • Section B – Realising a Performance text
  • Section C – Interpreting a Performance Text

External Examination, written paper – 40% of A Level marks. (2 hours 30 minutes)

Future opportunities

Successful drama students have gone on to Higher Education studying everything from Mechanical Engineering and Business Studies to English Literature and Law. Drama and Theatre Studies creates interesting people that universities and future employers know understand the world around them.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Cardinal Newman Catholic School ~ A Specialist Arts and Community College directly.

Last updated date: 08 December 2016
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