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Drama and Theatre Studies AS/A2 at Desborough College

Course description

At AS and A2 level pupils follow the Edexcel Drama and Theatre Studies Specification. This exciting course is both practical and academic in content and approach. The focus of the course is the imaginative realisation of theatre, not just academic study.

Throughout the course students will be invited to create their own performance approach to a range of texts, explore contemporary staging of plays and devise their own productions and performances. They will be given the opportunity to work with professional actors and directors, see a range of theatre and work with other AS/A2 students from neighbouring schools and Radley College. Theatre trips are an essential part of the curriculum for sixth form students and visits to local venues and London theatres occur frequently.

Acting workshops also form an important part of pupils’ training and the department has strong links with Norden Farm Centre for the Arts. All trips and workshops help students to appreciate Drama as a transitory ‘live’ art form and many of them form compulsory preparation for written exam work or coursework.

Course Content

AS Course

Unit 1 requires students to study two contrasting texts and a theatre practitioner through practical exploration and written coursework.

Unit 2 comprises the performance of two separate texts to an audience, alongside a brief written rationale.

A2 Course

Unit 3 demands the creation of original devised drama, alongside extensive written coursework.

Unit 4 Sections A and B require the study of a set text (Woyzeck – Buchner) from a director’s, designer’s and actor’s perspective; Section C comprises a study of theatre in context, alongside a live theatre evaluation.

Entry requirements

5 A*-C and at least a B grade in Drama and English Language / Literature.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 26 March 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 years