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Drama AS/A2 Level at Netherthorpe School

Course description

We follow the AQA Drama and Theatre Studies. The course offers students the freedom to choose both the content and the form of their practical presentations at each level.

At AS, candidates perform an extract from any play selected to illustrate their understanding of an influential director, designer, theatre company or other practitioner.

 At A2, candidates devise drama on any topic to be performed in a theatrical style of their choice. Studying Drama and Theatre Studies at A Level allows you to be creative as much of the course is practical and offers the chance for students to further themselves as actors, directors and designers, as well as develop a greater understanding of theatrical history.

Course content

See above.

Entry requirements

Ideally students should have a B in GCSE Drama if taken and a B in English Literature . If students have not taken GCSE Drama they must be an able performer with a secure understanding of drama theory.

To reach the required standard it is expected that at AS and A2 students will take part in rehearsals outside of timetabled hours.


Exam for each of the 4 units.

Future opportunities

Students can pursue their interests and develop their skills in a range of practical drama elements including acting, directing, costume, setting, mask and technical design.

However, the requirements of the specification, with its 60% written paper weighting, also enable students to gain an entry qualification for courses in higher education, whether in the area of drama and theatre studies or in a host of other subjects.

The course lends itself well to students who want to study drama at Higher Education and then go on to a wide variety of job roles related to Theatre, TV, Film and Radio.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 02 June 2015

Key information

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