A Level Drama and Theatre Studies at Bournemouth School
The Edexcel course offers an exciting combination of academic study and practical activity,
developing valuable life skills: team-work, self-confidence, communication and application of theory to
practice. It provides exciting performance opportunities and is welcomed, along with other
humanities, by most universities. Drama is appreciated as contributing to students’ people skills - vital
in many careers including medicine, law, teaching and business management. It is the obvious choice
for anyone hoping to pursue a career in the theatre or the media, complements arts and humanities
subjects and provides a contrasting complement to subjects such as mathematics and the sciences.
Anyone with an interest in Drama and the world of the theatre is eligible for this course. A GCSE in
Drama is not essential. However energy, enthusiasm and a willingness to engage fully with all aspects
of the course are vital prerequisites, as is a commitment to attending a wide range of live theatre
productions. A readiness to devote extra time to rehearsals is also required. Although the focus is on
practical activity in class, completing all written assignments to a high standard is crucial to success.
Our Sixth Form entry requirement is based on the applicant’s best 8 GCSEs including
English and Mathematics with a minimum of 356 points, with an A*, A or B in the
subjects chosen or in a related discipline. The points used are the Department for Education
(DfE) points - 58 A*, 52 A, 46 B, 40 C, 34 D, 28 E. (Maximum = 8 A* = 464 Points).
Essentially this means that you should be confident of achieving at least 6 B grades and 2
C grades at GCSE (and at least C grades in English Language and Mathematics) before
considering applying for a sixth form place at Bournemouth School.2
There are also some subject specific entry requirements in addition to the requirements for
joining the Sixth Form. In most cases, you will be expected to have attained at least a grade
B in the subject that you intend to study at Advanced Level (A-Level). The main exception to
this is for Mathematics and Further Mathematics. To study Mathematics at A-Level we
expect you to have attained an A* or A grade at GCSE, and for Further Mathematics an A*.
These requirements are based upon our experience over a number of years, and how well
Mathematics students cope with the transition between GCSE and A-Level. We recognise
that very few students will have had the opportunity to study Economics, Government and
Politics, or Psychology at GCSE level. To study these subjects at A-Level, we expect you to
have attained at least B grades in closely related subjects. Some subjects do not have any
subject specific requirements (but, you must, of course, have met the requirements of joining
the Sixth Form).
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Bournemouth School directly.