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A Level Drama and Theatre Studies at The Frances Bardsley Academy for Girls

Course description

The focus of the AS year is on developing your skills as a performer and of your knowledge and understanding of how Drama and Theatre works. This year, your teachers guide your learning and set regular research and homework tasks to help you improve your practical and theoretical work. Your work in the A2 year demands much more of an independent approach. You will create your own performance as a group and prepare for a final written examination. Your teachers will guide your work but will take much more of a back seat, expecting you to take responsibility for organising, creating and evaluating it.

Course content



You will study 2 set play texts through participation in practical workshops with your class. You will write 3000 words about the study of these two texts. Both practical and written elements are assessed by your teacher. You will also go to a see a live professional theatre production and then write a 1000 word evaluation, using your knowledge of how theatre is created.

40% of AS (20% of whole A Level)



For this Unit you are entirely assessed as a performer. You will choose and then rehearse and perform a Monologue or Duologue to a live audience. You must also write a justification for your performance. You also will be cast in a play by your teacher that you will then rehearse and perform it to a live audience. Both performances are assessed by visiting EXTERNAL examiner.

60% (30% of whole A Level)



In a group, you create and perform a piece of original theatre in response to a given stimulus. You will be marked on your contribution to creating the piece and on your performing skills. There is a 3,500 word written response to the process and evaluation of this task. All of this work is assessed by your teacher

40% (20% of whole A Level)



This is a written examination taken in June of the A2 year. You will prepare for the examination in lessons throughout the year. Sections A & B: Response to a set text from the point of view of a director. Section C: Response to a live production of a Shakespeare play, comparing it to its original performance conditions.

60% (30% of whole A Level)


Entry requirements

A minimum of a grade B in GCSE Drama or English Literature as well as an enthusiasm for performing in front of a live audience and working as a member of a group.

Future opportunities

Theatre Studies most logically leads to further study in Performing Arts related courses, particularly Theatre Studies, Acting and Directing. Alongside A Level Art, students can also study Make-up, Costume and Theatre Design, with Psychology, Drama Therapy and Applied Theatre, with Music and Dance, Musical Theatre and with English Language and Literature, Playwriting and Dramaturgy. Theatre Studies can also support future study and careers in Film, Television, Radio and Public Relations.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Frances Bardsley Academy for Girls directly.

Last updated date: 26 May 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years