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Theatre Studies GCE A Level at Oriel High School

Course description

No matter where you want to go in life, study in the arts will help enable you to get there.
The journey of exploration and creation is central to work in all areas of society, and
Drama will help you develop these skills in a highly creative and practical environment.
Through the course you will develop your skills of teamwork, creativity, time management, independence as well as developing your theoretical and practical understanding of what makes this multi-billion dollar industry tick.

Course content


The AS Level Drama course is made up of two components
»» Component 1 (60%) - This component requires you to explore the interrelationship between performance text and influential theatre practitioners. There are two key sections to this component group performance and monologue/duologue.
»» Component 2 (40%) - This written component focusses on the work of theatre makers and the various theatrical choices that are made by key members of the creative and production team in order to communicate ideas to the audience.
A Level Drama:
The Drama A Level course shares a lot of similarities to the AS Level course, but the two years of study allow far greater detail and more opportunities for practical exploration and more in depth study of the creation and performance of drama.

Entry requirements

Students must have achieved at least a C grade in English Language and have a clear interest and/or aptitude for public performance work.


You will complete the following additional elements:
»» A portfolio that can be handwritten (2500-3000 words) or recorded and last 12-14 minutes.
»» An exploration of a performance text in the style of a recognised theatre practitioner (a different practitioner from Component 1). You will decide how to make this text relevant to a contemporary audience, and decide on a whole performance concept.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 17 November 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years