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Drama and Theatre Studies A-level at Springwood High School

Course description

An enjoyment of and an interest in Drama and Theatre both as a participant and as a member of an audience is essential for success at A Level. You will extend your skills, knowledge and understanding encouraging life-long learning and providing access to related careers. You will also be encouraged to appreciate the significance of social, cultural, political and historical influences on theatre practice both past and present. The specification combines the activities of exploring plays, creating theatre, the performing of plays, the analysis of theatre and the drama and theatre, highly toned analytical and creative skills and an ability to communicate effectively with others.

Course content

The course is divided into three units. Unit 1 and 2 are completed in Year 12, and Unit 3 in Year 13.

Entry requirements

A minimum of five A* - C grades at GCSE including Maths and English. Grade C in Drama. Students without a GCSE in this subject will be advised at Interview.


Unit 1 (Devising): Students will develop their creative and explanatory skills to develop an original performance text using an influential practitioner. A portfolio will be submitted. 

Unit 2 (Text in Performance): Students will perform a monologue/duologue and a group performance from Edexcel key texts. This is an externally assessed unit. 

Unit 3 (Theatre Makers in Practice): Students will have a 2.5 hour written exam. 1) Students will be required to complete a live theatre review. 2) Realising a Performance Text where students answer 2 extended response questions from an unseen extract from a performance text that the students would have studied. 3) Interpreting a Performance Text, students will answer one extended response question from a choice of two chosen texts that the students would have studied.

Future opportunities

Many industries welcome graduates who have studied Drama and Theatre Studies as they recognise their ability to work analytical and collaboratively with others. Undergraduate courses in Drama and Theatre Studies leading to careers in producing, management, journalism, directing, performing, scriptwriting, event management, administration, teaching, law etc.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 19 September 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years