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Drama and Theatre Studies AS and A Level at Tapton School

Course description

Students completing the course successfully will have a thorough understanding of drama and theatre, highly toned analytical and creative skills and an ability to communicate effectively with others.  The AS course provides students with the opportunity to study plays from the point of view of the director, designers, performers and critic.  The full A Level extends this understanding  and enables students to apply it to their own creative work.  The course provides opportunites for students to make and understand drama, recognising it as a practical art form in which ideas and meanings are communicated to an audience through a choice of form, style and convention.

Course content

Component 1: The devising process

Students devise a piece of theatre which they then perform.  Throughout their exploration and devising process they will record their process in a portfolio.

Component 2: Text for performance

Performace of a professionally published play.  Students take on the role of either performer and designer.  Students also perform a monologue or duologue from a different play text for performace.

Component 3: Theatre makers in practice

A two and a half written paper focusing on evaluation of live theatre, exploration of a set text and an interpretation of a performance text for a contemporary audience.

Entry requirements

A grade 5 or above in GCSE Drama.

A grade D or above is needed in the AS level to progress to the A Level.


Component One:  The devising process - 40% Internally assessed

Component Two: Text for performance - 20% Internally assessed

Component Three:  Theatre makers in Practice - 40% externally assessed  - Written exam

Students are examined in Components One and Two at the end of AS.  All Components are examined for the A Level.

Future opportunities

The emphasis on communication skills, confidence building and teamwork ensures our subject has links with a wide range of subjects in Higher education.  A significant number of students apply to Drama School or study Drama and Theatre based course at University.  Some pursue a career in teaching.  The skills developed are transferable to any chosen career.

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: 20 November 2017

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: AS Level - 1 year; A Level - 2 years