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Drama & Theatre A level at Balcarras School

Course description

This course allows students plenty of opportunities to combine practical and academic approaches to theatre. Students will study set texts and the work of several practitioners. Skills and insights will be developed through individual study and group projects, performing scripted pieces and producing original work. Please note that there is a requirement to attend professional theatre productions and workshops, some of which will probably be in the evening.

To be a high achiever in drama, candidates are expected to work co-operatively and sensitively with others. Students should also be able to give up significant time outside school hours and have a genuine interest in drama. A willingness to experiment with new ideas and a sense of fun are also very important.

Entry requirements

It is not necessary for students to have studied GCSE drama to take A-level drama and theatre studies, although the course does build on the practical and academic skills gained at GCSE. Students should have achieved a grade C in both English and English literature, and in drama if studied at GCSE. However, at least as important as these requirements are genuine commitment and self-motivation.


Examination Board – Edexcel

AS and A-level in Drama and Theatre is assessed through a combination of 40% written exam and 60% Non-Examined Assessment (NEA).

AS is a separate qualification but the content is a subset of the full A-level so students study together and choose AS or A-level once they have weighed up their experiences of the work.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 09 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years