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Drama and Theatre Studies A Level at Queen Elizabeth High School

Course description

This is a theatre course with a practical emphasis. Experience such as GCSE Drama, BTEC Performance courses or Youth Theatre is essential. All of the skills needed to communicate in theatre are taught: research, play writing, acting, directing, lighting, stage and costume design. The imagination and perceptions of the student are at the heart of the acting process. The discoveries and thoughts of the actor are recorded and used in the examination. Students study the work of playwrights and directors from various times and cultures. The student is taught to make decisions and to become involved in rigorous debate and informed reflection about his/her creative process throughout the course. A Level Drama is an exciting and challenging course which is assessed by a variety of methods.

Course content

AS Units

Unit 1: Exploration of Drama and Theatre
Unit 2: Theatre Text in Performance

A2 Units

Unit 3: Exploration of Dramatic Performance
Unit 4: Theatre Text in Context


Requires creative thinking, interpretation of texts, performance skills, ability to work collaboratively with others, independent research and rehearsal skills, ability to meet coursework deadlines, written evaluative skills, imagination, confidence, application of knowledge and technique. Assessment is a combination of practical and written coursework, and performance and written exams.

Future opportunities

Students studying drama have many employable skills: some have gone on to study medicine, arts management, journalism, teacher training, business and marketing, literature , languages and other subjects including drama and theatre studies. Many of our students have gone onto careers in the performing arts industries, such as acting. Drama is an excellent preparation for any career involving decision making, creative thinking, problem solving and interaction between people.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 02 July 2015

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