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Drama and Theatre Studies at Chislehurst School for Girls

Course description

Drama and Theatre Studies A-Level combines the practical exploration of plays and theatre-makers, and the creation of theatre through performing devised work, and published plays. During the course, students will acquire the skills to analyse live theatre productions and develop their skills in the critical evaluation of all of these elements. Students completing the course successfully will have a thorough understanding of drama and theatre, highly-toned analytical and creative skills and an ability to communicate effectively with others.

Course content

Year 12

This is a highly practical course on which you will have the opportunity to study plays from the point of view of a director, designer, performer and critic. You will be expected to perform in a theatre production and to perform a monologue under examination conditions.


Year 13

A Level Drama and Theatres Studies aims to extend the knowledge, skills and understanding you will have acquired in Year 12, by enabling you to apply what you have learned to your own creative work. In the Devised Production, students alternate between being playwright, performer, designer and director, and apply their knowledge of different theatre forms to the creation of their own work. You will also have the opportunity to explore, and present, your interpretation of a set play, from the perspective of director and designer.

Entry requirements

At least a B grade in GCSE Drama and/or English Language. A commitment to practical and theoretical study of drama.


Unit 1: Exploration of Drama and Theatre

This internally-assessed unit requires students to explore two contrasting play texts, chosen by the school, in a practical and active way. They are also required to evaluate a live theatre performance and submit an evaluation, to a maximum of 1000 words


Unit 2: Theatre Text in Performance

This externally-assessed unit contains two elements. It requires students to contribute to a performance of a professionally published play, by a known writer. Additionally, they must perform either a monologue or duologue, from a different play to that offered in the first section. Students may offer either acting or a design form. This unit will be assessed, under examination conditions, by a visiting examiner.


Unit 3: Exploration of Dramatic Performance

This unit requires students to create an original, and unique, piece of theatre. They will be assessed on the research and development of their work as well as the final performance in front of an identified audience. They are also required to complete an evaluation on both the process and performance of their work. Unit 4: Theatre Text in Context This unit is a two-and-a-half hour written paper. There are three sections to the paper. In Sections A and B, one play will be studied and explored from the point of view of a director. In Section C, a live performance of a play from a chosen period must be experienced and evaluated, and a comparison made with the original staging conditions of the play.

Future opportunities

The Arts is the second biggest employment sector in London, with careers available in film, theatre and TV production in professions as varied as acting, directing, designing, teaching, stage management, administration and marketing. Drama offers many opportunities for developing specific performance and theatrical skills, but also developing confidence and social skills. It is an academically rigorous subject that requires a combination of practical and theoretical skills. It complements other subjects and develops learning and communication skills that are highly transferable. Students can choose to pursue their studies at Higher Education or Drama Training Schools.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 08 May 2015
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