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Drama AS Level at South Wirral High School

Course description

A level Drama is very practical and is an excellent continuation of the GCSE skill areas of improvisation and scripted performance as well as evaluation techniques.  This will be the first taught year of the new Drama specification.

Course content

Why take A level Drama?
  • Because it is a recognized academic qualification for entry to University.
  • Because you are thinking of pursuing a course in Drama or The Arts.
  • Because you are a highly motivated student with a creative ability, proven performance skills and you genuinely enjoy this subject.
  • Because you enjoy exploring texts through practical work and have a good analytical mind and are able to evaluate your work successfully.

Entry requirements

GCSE Grade C or above in Drama and English Literature or Language or a proven extra curricular performance ability.


AS Level

Unit 1: Practical Exploration of Drama and Theatre

  • Practical exploration of two texts - written notes to accompany the process, evidencing understanding and application of skills.
  • Students must also review a live, professional production

Unit 2: Theatre text in performance

Section A - Students present either a monologue or a duologue along with a written concept to explain their interpretation

Section B - Students perform an abridged version of a chosen play - externally marked

A2 Level

Unit 3 - Group Devised Project
An original performance piece devised by the group with accompanying exploration notes.

Unit 4 - Exploration of Dramatic performance - Written Paper.
Students explore 2 contrasting plays from different periods and analyse their social and cultural production values.

Future opportunities

A wide range of specific jobs relating to theatre making, acting, directing and producing are open to students of Drama. These include backstage work and management in the Performing Arts. Having a A Level in Drama also opens up significant employment opportunities within the creative industries - an industry that employs millions of people - publishing, advertisement, PR, sales, marketing, education, jobs which require people to think creatively and rely on strong interpersonal skills.

Further information

Drama is a subject that is underpinned by numerous key transferable skills - communication, analytical and critical, creative, teamwork, problem solving, time management, planning and monitoring.  An A Level in Drama supports and develops a range of important aspects crucial to further employment.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact South Wirral High School directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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