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Drama and Theatre Studies A Level at Lawnswood School

Course description

A level Drama and Theatre Studies specification looks at plays from the point of view of a director, designer, performer and critic. It combines the activities of exploring and performing plays, creating and analysing theatre, and the critical evaluation of all of these elements.

Course content

AS (Year 12): 50%

Unit 1: Exploration of text (40% of AS, 20% of A Level)

Students study two contrasting play texts, and are assessed both practically and on written coursework as how they understand the play from an actor’s and director’s perspective

Students also complete a theatre review of a performance seen

Unit 2: Text in Performance (60% of AS, 30% of A Level)

Students perform either a monologue or duologue and participate in an ensemble performance of a scripted play.


A Level  (Year 13): 50%

Unit 3: Devising for Performance (40% of A2, 20% of A Level)

Students must research, devise and develop a brand new piece of theatre, to be performed in a small group. Students are marked on their rehearsal process, on the performance and on written coursework


Unit 4: Theatre Text in Context (60% of A2, 30% of A Level)


This is a written exam asking students to develop a detailed understanding of a set text and explore how they would rehearse the play with their actors, and how they would interpret the script and stage the play as a director. The final section asks students to review a live Shakespeare play seen and compare and contrast it with its original performance conditions


Entry requirements

Pupils do not need a GCSE Drama to access the A Level course but it is desired. A good knowledge of drama and theatre from personal experience is helpful. A grade C in English is essential.


A level Drama and Theatre Studies Drama combines practical assessments, written controlled assessments, performance exams and a final written exam. Keeping up with coursework is essential in Drama, as it is reflective of work done in lessons or performances seen.  Attendance in Drama is also vital; Units 1 and 3 feature continual assessment of practical work and for Unit 2 ‘homework’ consists of after school rehearsals to ensure performances are of the highest standard. Unit 4 requires a great deal of independent study. It is also an expectation that students will see as much live theatre as possible, and we offer a fantastic residential trip to the annual National Student Drama Festival.

Please encourage your child to participate fully in their Drama lesson. Drama is proven to increase team work skills, social skills and confidence. Drama is also a practical way of students developing understanding of various topics from across the National Curriculum, as well as being a highly valued subject in its own right which develops acting, directing and creative skills, alongside performance and textual analysis.                                                

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The Drama and Theatre Studies A Level specification will be changing as of entry 2017.

More news to follow.

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: 06 November 2015
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