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Drama AS/A2 Level at Holte School

Course description

The course demands practical, creative and communication skills in equal measure. You will be required to write about drama, perform drama and to develop powers of analysis to become an informed critic.

The course will involve taking part in productions, and studying plays and playwrights. As well as learning how the actors or designers apply their skills to create a meaningful production, students will gain an understanding of the theory underpinning the practical work.

Course content

AS Level

Unit 1 - Study of two plays by two different play-wrights, watch a professional theatre performance and write a theatre review.

Unit 2 (2 sections) - Section A - Perform a role (performer or designer) in the production of a full length play.

Section B -Perform a monologue or duologue of your choice.


A2 Level

Unit 3 - Devise an original piece of drama, taking on the role of a designer or performer and write a response to the piece.

Unit 4 - A written exam based on a Shakespeare production seen, and a play studied through work-shops in class.

Entry requirements

5 GCSE’s grade A*-C including English and Mathematics.


Year 1 - AS

Unit 1 ( 40%) Through written and practical work.

Unit 2 (60%) Section A - Performance and written. Section B - Performance to an audience.


Year 2 - A Level

Unit 3 (40%) Practical, performance and supporting evidence.

Unit 4 (60%) 2 1/2 hour written exam.


Future opportunities

Can lead to further study in Drama, Theatre Studies and performing Arts in Higher Education at Degree level or drama school. Can lead to a career in the Performing Arts Industries.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 21 May 2015
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Key information

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