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Drama and Theatre Studies A Level at Poole High School

Course description

Studying A-Level Drama will build on skills learned at GCSE and enable students who are passionate about theatre to develop deeper and broader abilities. This course allows students to have a wider understanding of different types of drama and to experiment with a range of strategies to help devise their own performances once in A2. Practical work forms a large part of the teacher-student sessions, learning theatrical craft and analysing the impact of drama, whilst independent study requires note-taking, reading and time spent experiencing live theatre to truly understand the possibilities of this creative medium. The written components offer the chance for students to learn how to reflect and evaluate – both really important skills for higher education and employment. 


A Level Drama complements many other courses available, including English Literature, Psychology, Sociology, Media and Ethics. Other popular combinations include Music and Art. 

Course content


•       Devise performances using influences from play texts and theatre practitioners

•       Creative portfolio, justifying performance ideas through research 

•       Seeing live theatre to find creative ideas, as well as for analysis and evaluation

•       Realising a performance text drawing influence from theatre practitioners

•       Interpretation of a separate performance text with reference to its original context 


Which students do well at A-Level Drama?


•       …those who have a passion for watching and creating theatre 

•       …those who enjoy being on stage and love performance

•       …those who enjoy working creatively with different people

•       …those who have a grade C or above in GCSE Drama, or are committed to Drama outside of school

•       …those who have a grade C or above in English Lit and enjoy reading 

Entry requirements

  • C in GCSE English
  • GCSE Drama – Grade C (NB. If GCSE has not been taken, an interview and audition will be required, as well as evidence to show substantial extra-curricular drama experience.)

Financial information

Text books, tuition and course materials are provided free, however contributions are requested from parents for trips and visits that may support learning in school. Some students will be eligible for the 16-19 Bursary Fund, which is a government-provided fund for sixth form students facing financial hardship. It can help towards costs for travel, equipment (for example in PE or Food Technology), trips and books.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Poole High School directly.

Last updated date: 09 September 2016
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