AS and A2 Level Drama and Theatre Studies at The Catholic High School, Chester A Specialist Science College
Unit 1 - DRAM1
60% of AS Level, 30% of A Level
1hr 30mins written exam
Section A - Answer one question. A critical review of a piece of live theatre (seen on the course)
Section B - Answer one question. Study of one set play chosen by your teacher.
Unit 2 - DRAM2
40% of AS Level, 20% of A Level
Performance by a group of an extract from a published play. The assessment also includes candidates’
preparatory and development work and supporting notes.
Unit 3 - DRAM3
30% of A Level
2 hr written paper. Study of two further set plays chosen by your teacher.
Unit 4 - DRAM4
20% of A Level
Performance by a group of devised drama. The assessment also includes candidates’ preparatory and
development work and supporting notes.
Students can be surprised by the jump from GCSE Drama to A Level Theatre Studies. Drama and Thea-
tre Studies is a challenging and highly creative course. It combines both academic and practical aspects.
You will be taken to see a variety of live Theatre which is expected to heavily influence your written
answers and performance work.
Students who take this course find they develop trusting and lasting relationships with their peers and
produce some of the finest quality work.
Your GCSE results are very important. Not only do you need good results to come into Sixth Form, they
are also the first thing that an employer or University Admissions Tutor will look at on your application
We expect applicants to Sixth Form intending to study Advanced courses to have a minimum of 5
grades A*-C on their GCSE certificate. You should be aiming for high grades in those subjects you are
choosing at AS level, with Grade B or above. If you did not have the opportunity to study this subject
previously, the teacher will look at your performance in related subjects.
If your certificate is mostly As and Bs you will cope very well with 4 AS levels leading to 3 A2 levels. If it
is mostly Cs you must think carefully: it would be better to do 3.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Catholic High School, Chester A Specialist Science College directly.