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Theatre Studies A Level at Pensby High School

Course description

This is a 2 year course – year 1 at AS level, year 2 at A2 level.

Course content

In AS Theatre Studies Unit 1 you will study two contrasting play scripts. You will explore these plays through practical work and will create a portfolio that supports your knowledge of each play. You will also study theatre practitioners and use their rehearsal and performance techniques to develop an understanding of different theatre styles.

In Unit 2 you will be assessed on your practical work by an external examiner. The first part of this exam will be a performance of a complete scripted play that you will perform in a group which your teachers will direct. You will also perform a monologue or duologue from a scripted play for the external examiner. Alternatively, you may opt for a theatre design element. You will also be assessed in the performance of a monologue written by a different playwright.

In the A2 year Unit 3 you will work in a group and create your own play. Practical work and a supporting portfolio will be marked by your teachers. You will then sit a written exam in your final unit which will be based on the study of a set play and a live review of a Shakespeare play.

Entry requirements

A GCSE in Drama Grade B or above is required for this course. Students who have not taken Drama GCSE may still be considered if they have a B or above in English GCSE and some experience of Drama outside of school.


  • Unit 1 Teacher assessment – practical work and controlled test
  • Unit 2 External examiner – practical work
  • Unit 3 Teacher assessment – practical work and controlled test
  • Unit 4 External exam – written examination

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Possible local theatre visits, plus students from Pensby and Hilbre will be invited to attend a theatre visit to London in December. This is an invaluable experience as students review a live production for Unit 1 and research the Globe Theatre for Unit 4.

Future opportunities

A course in Drama may lead to Degree courses in Acting, Directing, Community Theatre and Drama Therapy. Also the UCAS points attained from this course will help students meet the point scores required for different subjects. For example, in previous years students with excellent scores in Theatre Studies have been able to gain university places in top universities in courses such as Law, Politics and Teaching. Theatre Studies develops students’ ability to work in groups, to perform to a public audience and to project manage an original performance, all extremely employable skills sought by a variety of businesses.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 24 September 2015
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