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Drama and Theatre Studies A level at Paston Sixth Form College

Course description

Paston has a long tradition of excellence in drama and the performing arts and many students go on to study Drama, Theatre and Performance at universities including Kent, Exeter, Hull, Middlesex, Lancaster, Leicester, Warwick and Winchester as well as top drama schools such as East 15, LAMDA, Rose Bruford and the Central School of Speech and Drama.

Course content


This is an exciting way for you to explore and perform plays and relate your work to theoretical ideas. Its practical approach will help you to analyse texts and interpret them in performance. You will develop confidence as well as an ability to communicate effectively with others.

You will:

  • Study challenging and celebrated modern plays such as Pinter’s A Night Out and Steven Berkoff’s Metamorphosis, an expressionistic adaptation of Kafka’s short story. You will learn how to evaluate these as part of the coursework requirements.
  • Produce an acting performance or design a set, lighting or sound plot for a play of your choice.
  • Work in small groups to produce a final production of a scripted play and perform a short monologue/duologue to a visiting examiner.
  • Analyse the production values of a live theatrical performance of a professional production. Recently students have evaluated Complicite’s Lionboy and Propeller’s Twelfth Night.


This is a fantastic opportunity to continue to develop and extend your creativity, explore plays, devise theatre and to perform. You will gain a thorough understanding of drama and theatre and develop analytical writing skills and an ability to communicate effectively.

You will:

  • Further develop your practical and analytical skills of the rehearsal process and live professional theatre.  
  • Work in groups 3- 6 students to devise, record, evaluate and perform to an audience a unique and original piece from an original stimulus.
  • Develop your own ideas as a director for an interpretation of a production of the classic play Lysistrata by Aristophanes.
  • Explore rehearsal techniques and apply theoretical ideas to your own creative working methods.
  • Review a live professional, contemporary production of a Shakespeare play in London and study how this play would have been performed in its original context.


Entry requirements

BBCCC at GCSE including English Language and either Mathematics or a science.


AS Assessment

Unit 1 -Written coursework and practical observation of performance work (40%) 
Unit 2 - Practical exam (individual and group work with external examiner 60%)

A2 Assessment

Unit 3- devised work consisting of written evaluation and final performance. (40%) 
Unit 4- written 2 1/2 hour written examination analysing and evaluating Greek and Shakespearean theatre.

Future opportunities

It is well regarded by many employers and a good A-level for careers involving contact with people including the police, social work and teaching, journalism, TV, radio and of course performance. 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Paston Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 09 September 2016

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