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Drama & Theatre Studies AS/A2 Level at Heathfield Community College

Course description

Drama is an exciting and creative course which is both practically and intellectually challenging. It will develop your knowledge and understanding of theatre practitioners, acting techniques and plays through practical workshops, discussions and trips to the theatre. There are also many opportunities to perform both scripted and devised pieces which develops imagination and confidence. Working in groups on theatrical pieces helps to build essential social skills and is an incredibly satisfying and rewarding experience.


Course content

Year 1

Unit 1: The Devising Process

Students devise and perform a piece of theatre and record the process in a portfolio.

Assessment Information

Students are internally assessed and externally moderated. This assessment is worth 40% of the final grade.

Unit 2: Text for Performance

Group performance from a performance text Perform a mono/duo from a different text

Assessment Information

The performance is externally assessed by a visiting examiner and is worth 20% of the final grade

Year 2

Unit 3: Theatre makers in practice

Choice of one set text from six which must be explored practically. Choice of one set text from six. Interpretation of a text as a director. Evaluation of a piece of live theatre they have seen.

Assessment Information

Examination is worth 40% of the final

Sec A: Live Theatre Evaluation

Sec B: Questions on a set text

Sec C: Director’s interpretation

Entry requirements

A* - C in GCSE Drama or Performing Arts


See Course Content for full details of assessment information.

Future opportunities

Drama is a good foundation for a range of careers which require good social skills and people  management. It is a natural choice for any degree or career in the theatre or Arts. It would also be beneficial for a career in teaching.

Further information

The course combines well with English, History, Film Studies and Performaing Arts BTEC. 

Student Views

“Taking A-Level Drama has enabled me to develop my knowledge in creating theatre by exploring different practitioners and other interesting techniques. It has also allowed me to push myself out of my comfort zone in order to perform in a more diverse way. It has increased my confidence and academic knowledge and I have developed some of the closest friendships I've ever had. It's so much fun and so rewarding.”

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Heathfield Community College directly.

Last updated date: 05 January 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year AS Level / 2 years A2 Level
  • Course code: Edexcel 9DRO
  • Number of planned places: 20

Contact details

    • Contact name:
    • Helen Holmes, 6th Form Pastoral Manager
    • Contact telephone number:
    • 01435 866066 ext 1227
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