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Drama and Theatre Studies at Waldegrave School and Sixth Form

Course description

The theatre of today has a classical history and a contemporary practice that is alive and thriving. It blends a sharpness of thinking, social comment and artistic interpretation with a profound concern with the human condition.

Who would it suit?

Are you passionate about the subject? Do you go to the theatre regularly? Do you enjoy thinking, reading, writing and talking about ideas? Are you eager to get out of your seat and see what it might look like, feel like, sound like? Drama and theatre studies is a beautiful combination of thinking, creating and reflecting that will ignite your imagination.


“A theatre is the most important sort of house in the world, because that’s where people are shown what they could be if they wanted, and what they’d like to be if they dared to and what they really are.” Tove Jansson

Course content

At AS Level, you will study at least two plays in depth and will explore the language of theatre, the art form of the actor, the purpose and intentions of the writer, the contribution of theatre makers and the realisation of a director.

At A Level, you will devise an original performance, developing your explorative and creative skills, with a focus on communicating meaning, theatrical style and the use of conventions of a chosen practitioner. You will develop theatre making skills and realise artistic intentions in performance.

You will study at least two plays in depth from different historical periods and base this on practical exploration, research and methodologies. This will support your own performance concept and interpretations for production, developing your skills to become informed drama practitioners.

On both courses, you will have many opportunities to develop your practice through visiting live theatre to inform your work. 


At AS Level, you will perform in a group or design for one key extract from a play-text. This will be accompanied by a portfolio. You will perform a monologue/duologue or produce a design realisation from one key extract from a different text. At the end of your practical course you will sit a written exam which will allow you to demonstrate the skills and knowledge you have acquired.

At A Level, for the devising element you will perform/design your own play and complete a written portfolio on the devising process and performance outcome. You will perform or design for a group performance and a monologue/duologue. At the end of your practical course you will sit a written exam which will allow you to demonstrate the skills and knowledge you have acquired.

Future opportunities

The Arts, theatre, television, teaching, journalism, business, psychology, media, law, theology, or the world of academia. The study of Drama and Theatre will add an extra layer of context to many arts and humanities subjects.

Further information

Enrichment opportunities include theatre visits, workshops, master classes, residentials and opportunities for student led productions. 

Who to contact for more advice?

Ms Tomasso

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 03 October 2016
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