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Drama and Theatre Studies AS/A2 Level at Saint Cecilia's Church of England School

Course description

The course develops your practical and academic skills. You will read plays from different contexts, devise around themes, learn about different influential theatre practitioners, evaluate the success of live performances and take part in drama productions.

Course content

The course develops your practical and academic skills. You will read plays from different contexts, devise around themes, learn about different influential theatre practitioners, evaluate the success of live performances and take part in drama productions.

Entry requirements

It is necessary that you have at least a B in English Language and, if you have taken GCSE Drama, you should have achieved at least a B grade in that as well. If you have not previously studied Drama, you should be able to demonstrate an interest in the subject, for example, by taking part in productions either in or outside of school; attending theatre productions or being willing to audition.  It is essential that all candidates are happy to go on theatre trips and keen to be involved in performances.



What are the elements of the course?

AS and A levels in Drama and Theatre will be assessed through a combination of a 40% written exam and 60% non-examined assessment.

AS will be a separate, linear qualification.

Component 1: Devising You will have to devise an original performance piece using one key extract from a performance text and a theatre practitioner as stimuli. You will then need to write a portfolio about your process. This unit will be assessed by your tutor. This is worth 40% of the qualification.

Component 2: Text in Performance You will be given a play text to explore which you will then have to perform an extract from this text. You will also have to perform a monologue or duologue performance from this play. You will be assessed by an eternal examiner. This is worth 20% of the qualification

Financial information

Students in the Sixth Form, who are in need of some financial support, may be eligible for the Schools 16 to 19 Bursary Fund. This is the fund which replaces EMA and has been allocated directly, by the Government, to individual Schools to administer. This funding, however, does not replicate EMA and the amount of money available for distribution is much less. Therefore, we are committed to distributing Bursaries to those students with the greatest need. Eligibility for Guaranteed Bursary Students most in need will be eligible to receive a bursary of £1,200 a year.

This group includes: People in care, care leavers, people claiming income support, disabled young people who receive Employment Support Allowance and Disability Living Allowance.

Future opportunities

This course can lead to further study in Drama, Theatre Studies and Performing Arts.  It complements other fields of study such as Literature or History.  It develops practical skills which are valuable to employers such as the ability to work in groups, speak in public, undertake research, work under pressure and interpret written texts.  It is valuable for a variety of careers such as acting, directing, journalism, politics, sales, marketing, design, teaching and management

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, please contact us on 0208 7801244 or

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Saint Cecilia's Church of England School directly.

Last updated date: 18 March 2016
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      Saint Cecilia’s is a co-educational comprehensive school for pupils aged 11-18 years in the Diocese of Southwark and the London Borough of Wandsworth. The school is highly successful and well-respected with a proven record of high academic standards taught in a caring, supportive and distinctly Christian environment.

      The school respects the unique contribution which every individual can make to the community and seeks to place this contribution within a clear structure which both embraces the highest possible academic aspirations and accepts individual differences in ability, aptitude and level of skills. Saint Cecilia’s is primarily a learning community and its culture of teaching and learning unlocks pupils’ potential for self-fulfillment and prepares them to take their place within adult life as well-rounded responsible and caring people.

      At the heart of the school is its Christian foundation, where Jesus Christ is reflected in every aspect of school life. This is true in the relationships we build, the choices we make, the attitudes we adopt and the goals for which we strive, and as a Christian school we are proud to declare that we exist to “Glorify God Through Outstanding, Enjoyable Education”.

      Our school community is enriched by a committed staff, good discipline and wide range of extra-curricular and enrichment activities aimed at broadening our pupils’ experiences. We pride ourselves on knowing each child personally, thereby enabling us to monitor carefully the all-round development of each child during his or her time with us.

      Indeed, we want all pupils to look back on their time at this school as the happiest time of their lives; this is what we strive for day in and day out. Our success is also built on the excellent partnerships developed with parents and carers, through which we can promote the kind of education that enables our pupils to prosper and receive the very best educational opportunities.

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      Life in the Sixth Form is exciting and vibrant with a real sense of purpose. Students are encouraged to study a combination of courses that are most suited to their interests, particular skill set and future career and life ambitions. Students are encouraged to 'think big'  and 'aim high'. We want every student to at least fulfil, if not exceed, his or her academic potential, and there is a real drive towards achieving academic success.

      However, life in the Sixth Form at Saint Cecilia's offers much more than that. It is our desire for students to achieve their academic potential, but equally we want students to leave here having successfully managed the transition from child to adult, and to have developed the skills, abilities, confidence and character to lead fulfilled and happy adult lives and make a valuable contribution to the society in which they live.