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Drama at Hillview School for Girls

Course description

Students will develop their acting skills and the ability to work creatively with others. Students will study different theatre practitioners as well as modern and classical texts through practical exploration and research.



Course content

There are three main performances during the course; a directed role in a play, a monologue or duologue and a group-devised piece of theatre. Students usually choose to act but it is possible to complete units as a designer.

The A Level Drama qualification has three assessed components:

  • Component 1: 40% Devising - students will devise a performance based on an extract from a performance text and an influential theatre practitioner.

  • Component 2: 20% Text in Performance – includes both an extract from prescribed plays and a monologue or duologue.

  • Component 3: 40% Theatre Makers in Practice - this is a written examination and includes reviewing a live theatre performance and writing about contrasting texts as both a performer and director.

Entry requirements

General entry requirements to study three Level 3 qualifications for Hillview Sixth Form are Grade 4 in both English and Maths together with 3 other GCSE grades at Grade 4 or above (A*-C).

Students will need to have achieved the subject-specific entry requirements, which for Drama is a Grade 4 or above in GCSE Drama.

Future opportunities

There are many university or drama school courses available. Students taking A Level Drama develop the skills to progress into performing, stage management, journalism, teaching, law and the caring professions. Theatre studies improve students’ confidence, communication and presentation skills which are vital for success in many careers.

Further information

Drama links with other courses:

Dance, English Literature, Music, Media and Film Studies


Recent students have gone on to study at Drama Schools or study Drama at university.  It is a useful qualification for anyone wanting to study Stage Management.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 25 October 2017
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